World Series Game 2

cardinals errorGame 1 of the World Series was not pretty for the Cardinals, after a blow out game 1 loss the Cardinals would like to bounce back. While the Red Sox would like to travel to St. Louis with a 2-0 series lead.

Game 1 recap

Errors are what cost the Cardinals game 1 as they had 3 errors in crucial moments of the game. Errors and the fact the Boston pitcher Jon Lester only gave up 5 hits,1 walk while striking out 8 and not allowing a single run in 7 2/3 innings pitched. Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright was not on top of his game as he allowed 5 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits, 1 walk and 4 strikeouts. Those 5 runs were the most he has allowed in a playoff game this postseason and were more runs then he had allowed in his past 3 playoff game starts.adam wainwright and yadier molina watch pop up

The communication was clearly not their especially in the 2nd inning when Adam Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molina let a infield pop up drop right in front of them. Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran was also hurt when he robbed David Ortiz of a grand slam in the 2nd inning. He went out the rest of the game with bruised ribs. If the Cardinals want to win they need Beltran back ASAP.

 

Game 2 Preview

The Cardinals will try to even the series as they send rookie pitcher Michael Wacha to the mound. Wacha has been phenomenal so far this postseason. He has pitched in 3 games (getting the wins in all 3) allowing only 1 run off 8 hits, 4 walks and has 22 strikeouts in 21 innings pitched. Wacha has out pitched L.A. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw twice. In the 2 games he faced Kershaw, Wacha only allowed 7 hits, 2 walks while striking out 13 in 13 2/3 innings pitched. The first time they faced Kershaw allowed 1 run and Wacha zero as the Cardinals won 1-0. The next time they faced Wacha allowed nothing again while Kershaw got rocked allowing 7 runs in 4 innings. Wacha has already proven that he can handle the pressure in his young career.

The Red Sox will send John Lackey to the mound and he has pitched very well this postseason also. In his first postseason start this year he struggled a little bit giving up 4 runs on 7 hits, 3 walks while striking out 6 in 5 1/3 innings pitched but he still got the win as his team put up 7 runs. In his next start Lackey was way more dominate allowing no runs on 4 hits, no walks with 8 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings pitched. Lackey out dueled Justin Verlander in that game as Verlander allowed only 1 run (which was a solo home run to Mike Napoli in the 8th inning) in 8 innings pitched and struck out 10. The 1 run proved to be enough as the final score in that game was 1-0.

 

Keys To The Game

For The Cardinals:
1. How bad is Carlos Beltran’s injury and will if affect how he plays?
2. Can Michael Wacha continue his postseason success?
3. Can they limit the errors? They had 3 crucial errors that cost them game 1. Can they fix it in game 2?

For The Red Sox:
1. Which John Lackey will show up? The one who gave up 4 runs to Tampa Bay or the one who shut out the great Detroit lineup?
2. Will Jacoby Ellsbury keep getting on and keep scoring? In the 22 times Ellsbury has been on base he has scored 11 of those times.
3. Can Will Middlebrooks get going? He has 4 hits in 23 at-bats with only 1 RBI.

 

My Prediction

The Cardinals come back in game 2 with a bang getting to Lackey early. Lackey gives up 5 runs in 5 innings while Michael Wacha dominates only allowing 1 run through 7 innings pitched. The Red Sox get to the Cardinal bullpen a little bit when Wacha comes out. In the 8th inning they close the gap 5-3 but that would be the last Boston scored as the Cardinals bullpen does not allow a run in the 9th to secure their game 2 victory.

Final Score

Cardinals: 5
Red Sox: 3

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