World Series Game 2 (Boston v St. Louis)

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Bring in the runs. The Red Sox started the scoring parade on Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals last night and it gave the Red Sox a 1-0 lead in the 2013 Fall Classic.

The scoring all started in the 1st inning. Mike Napoli had a bases loaded with 1 out, could of been 2 outs if Pete Kozma did not commit an error on the force out at 2nd base, Napoli hits a screamer to the Green Monster for base-clearing double to make it 3-0. That would be the only scoring in the 1st, on to the 2nd inning. In the 2nd, Dustin Pedroia singled to left to bring in Stephen Drew, at the plate with the bases loaded, David Ortiz. Ortiz hit a Grand Slam in Game 2 of the ALCS, which led to their current presence in the World Series, it almost happened again, but Carlos Beltrán stood tall when catching the potential grand slam ball, but it did cost him playing time for the rest of the game with a bruised hip (X-Ray and CT scan came in negative and is day-to-day), there was one out at the time so David Ross managed to score on a “Sac Fly” by Ortiz, which made it 5-0 at the end of the 2nd. After Wainwright’s was done, the bullpen were in for another scoring parade, but lightly. In the 7th inning, David Ortiz hit another long ball…and it went out for good. Ortiz hit a 2 run home run to make it 7-0. The scoring would end for Ortiz and the top of the lineup would end their scoring, Xander Bogaerts in the 8th would hit a sac fly to bring in Daniel Nava to end all scoring from Red Sox. The lead was comfortable for John Farrell’s Red Sox, so he brought long man Ryan Dempster to face the 3-4-5 hitters of Holliday, Molina and Freese to end the game. The Cardinals managed to score a run from Holliday’s solo home run, but lost 8-1.

Time to revisit our starting pitchers from Game 1.

Adam Wainwright

Wainwright’s numbers last night.

  • 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R (3 ER), BB & 4 SO
  • BAA .286, ERA 5.40 & WHIP 1.40
  • Per 9 numbers: 10.8 H, 1.8 BB, 7.2 K. K/BB is 4.00.
  • GRADE: 62.22% (D)
  • Rates: 25% H, 20.83% R, 4.17% BB, 16.67% K

2006 World Series Numbers

  • 3 IP, 2 H, BB & 5 SO
  • BAA .182 & 1.00 WHIP
  • Per 9 numbers: 6 H, 3 BB, 15 K. K/BB is 5.00
  • GRADE: 94.44% (A)
  • Rates: 16.67% H, 8.33% BB & 41.67% K

Wainwright’s 2013 Postseason Numbers.

  • 23 IP, 17 H, 4 ER, BB, 20 SO & HR
  • BAA .198, ERA 1.57 & 0.78 WHIP
  • Per 9 numbers: 6.65 H, 0.39 BB, 7.83 K, 0.39 HR. K/BB is 20.00
  • GRADE: 86.96% (B)
  • Rates: 20.48% H, 4.82% R, 1.20% BB, 24.10% K, 1.20% HR

The Prediction I gave to Wainwright for Game 1: 7 IP, 4 H, 2B, HR, 3 R, BB, 5 SO

Jon Lester

Lester’s numbers last night.

  • 7.2 IP, 5 H, BB & 8 SO
  • BAA .179 & WHIP 0.78
  • Per 9 numbers: 5.87 H, 1.17 BB, 9.39 K. K/BB is 8.00
  • GRADE: 95.65% (A)
  • Rates: 17.86% H, 3.57% BB, 28.57% K

The 2007 World Series numbers.

  • 5.2 IP, 3 H, 3 BB & 3 SO
  • BAA .150 & WHIP 1.06
  • Per 9 numbers: 4.76 H, BB & K
  • GRADE: 94.12% (A)
  • Rates:  13.04% H,BB & K

Lester’s 2013 Postseason Numbers.

  • 19.1 IP, 16 H, 5 ER, 7 BB, 14 SO & 2 HR
  • BAA .216, ERA 2.33 & WHIP 1.19
  • Per 9 numbers: 7.45 H, 3.26 BB, 6.52 K, 0.93 HR. K/BB is 2.00
  • GRADE: 80.46% (B)
  • Rates: 20% H, 6.25% R, 8.75% BB, 17.50% K, 2.5% HR

The Prediction I gave to Lester for Game 1: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 5 BB & 2 SO

Game 2 Pitchers.

Michael Wacha

Michael Wacha, the outstanding rookie for the Cardinals will be making his World Series debut tonight.

Wacha’s 2013 Postseason Numbers.

  • 21 IP, 8 H, ER, 4 BB, 22 SO & HR
  • BAA .113, ERA 0.43 & WHIP 0.57
  • Per 9 numbers: 3.43 H, 1.71 BB, 9.43 K, 0.43 HR. K/BB is 5.50.
  • GRADE: 94.44% (A)
  • Rates: 10.81% H, 1.35% R, 5.41% BB, 29.73% K, 1.35% HR

This will be Wacha’s first ever start against the Boston Red Sox. Wacha’s pitching WAR this season was 1.7, which is 7.87% of Cardinals pitching.

CARDINALS POSTSEASON REPORT CARD

ADAM WAINWRIGHT: 89.58% (B) (NLDS)/80.95% (B) (LCS)/ 62.22% (D) (WS)

LANCE LYNN: 29.49% (F) (NLDS)/78.03% (C) (LCS)

JOE KELLY: 71.88% (C) (NLDS)/65.15% (D) (LCS)

MICHAEL WACHA: 90.91% (A) (NLDS)/96.34% (A) (LCS)

BULLPEN: 80.81% (B) (NLDS)/88.01% (B) (LCS)/62.96% (D) (WS)

John Lackey

John Lackey returns to the World Series for the first time since 2002. Lackey was a rookie for the then Anaheim Angels, who beat the San Francisco Giants in 7 games.

The 2002 World Series Numbers.

  • 12.1 IP, 15 H, 6 ER, 5 BB & 7 SO
  • BAA .288, ERA 4.38 & WHIP 1.62
  • Per 9 numbers: 10.95 H, 3.65 BB, 5.11 K. K/BB is 1.40
  • GRADE: 66.67% (D)
  • Rates: 11.11% R, 9.26% BB, 12.96% K

Lackey’s 2013 Postseason numbers.

  • 12 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 3 BB & 14 SO
  • BAA .234, ERA 3.00 & WHIP 1.17
  • Per 9 numbers: 8.25 H, 2.25 BB, 10.50 K. K/BB is 4.67
  • GRADE: 76.85% (C)
  • Rates: 22% H, 8% R, 6% BB, 28% K

Lackey will be facing the Cardinals for the first time as well today. Lackey had a pitching WAR of 2.8, which is 17.28% of Red Sox pitching.

RED SOX POSTSEASON REPORT CARD:

JON LESTER: 82.61% (B) (ALDS)/79.05% (C) (LCS)/95.65% (A) (WS)

JOHN LACKEY: 52.08% (F) (ALDS)/96.67% (A) (LCS)

CLAY BUCHHOLZ: 65.74% (D) (ALDS)/59.90% (F) (LCS)

JAKE PEAVY: 86.27% (B) (ALDS)/-31.48% (F) (LCS)

BULLPEN: 86.36% (B) (ALDS)/ 92.69% (A) (LCS)/54.17% (F) (WS)

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Which pitcher has the EDGE in tonight’s game?

  • Michael Wacha: Hits, Runs, Walks, Strikeouts
  • John Lackey: Home runs

Wacha, as a rookie, has done an impressive job for the Cardinals. Wacha came in late in the season, but here are his season’s numbers.

  • 64.2 IP, 52 H, 20 ER, 19 BB, 65 SO & 5 HR
  • BAA .211, ERA 2.78 & WHIP 1.10
  • Per 9 numbers: 7.24 H, 2.64 BB, 9.05 K, 0.7 HR. K/BB is 3.42.
  • GRADE: 78.44% (C)
  • Rates: 20% H, 7.69% R, 7.31% BB, 25% K, 1.92% HR

Lackey, who turned 35 yesterday, had recover from a 2012 injury. Lackey has been a part of Red Sox baseball since 2010. Lackey signed a 5 yr/$82.5 million with a vesting option in 2015. The 2013 numbers for John Lackey.

  • 189.1 IP, 179 H, 80 R (74 ER), 40 BB, 161 SO & 26 HR
  • BAA .240, ERA 3.52 & 1.16 WHIP
  • Per 9 numbers: 8.51 H, 1.9 BB, 7.65 K, 1.24 HR. K/BB is 4.03
  • GRADE: 74.03% (C)
  • Rates: 23.01% H, 10.28% R, 5.14% BB, 20.69% K, 3.34% HR

WORLD SERIES GAME 2 PREVIEW

Game 2

Prediction:

Michael Wacha: 6 IP, 3 H, BB, 8 K

John Lackey: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 8 K

Which offense bat(s) should Wacha and Lackey be concerned for?

  • Wacha: Jacoby Ellsbury, Shane Victorino, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Mike Napoli, Jonny Gomes and Stephen Drew
  • Lackey:  Matt Carpenter, Carlos Beltrán, Matt Holliday, Allen Craig, Yadier Molina and Matt Adams

PICK: Cardinals Win Game 2

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