World Series Game 3

cardinals vs red soxThe series is tied 1-1 after a game 1 blowout win for Boston and a game 2 win for St. Louis the series is tied heading back to St. Louis. The Cardinals bounced back in game 2 after their humiliating game 1 loss. So now Boston would like to do the same in game 3.

 

Game 2 Recap

Michael Wacha pitched very well for the rookie’s first time in the World Series. He allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, 4 walks and 6 strikeouts over 6 innings pitched. He was dominating the Red Sox lineup until the 6th inning when David Ortiz hit a 2 run home run to give the Red Sox the lead 2-1. Boston’s pitcher John Lackey was also pitching very well against the Cardinals. He allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings pitched.

All 27 outs in game 2 were recorded by rookie pitchers for the Cardinals as Michael Wacha recorded 18 outs. Carlos Martinez gave up no runs on 1 hit and struck out 3 in 2 innings pitched(6 outs). Finally Trevor Rosenthal pitched the 9th and struck out the side to save the gave and give the Cardinals the game 2 win.

 

Game 3 Preview

In game 3 the Boston Red Sox will have Jake Peavy take the mound. Peavy has pitched in 2 games so far this postseason. He has pitched in a combined 8 2/3 innings giving up 8 runs on 10 hits, 3 walks and 4 strikeouts. The last time Peavy pitched was game 4 of the ALCS against Detroit. He had a terrible start as he  allowed 7 runs in 3 innings. Peavy is a different pitcher in the playoffs as he has a 10.31 ERA in 18 1/3 career postseason innings.

For the Cardinals Joe Kelly will take the mound. Kelly has pitched in 3 games so far this postseason and he has not got the win in any of them. The Cardinals are 1-2 when Kelly starts as pitcher this postseason. He has given up 9 runs(8 earned) on 18 hits, 6 walks and 13 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings pitched.

 

Keys To The Game

For St. Louis

1. Can Carlos Beltran continue his success against Jake Peavy? Beltran has 8 hits in 20 at-bats against Peavy and the last time he faced Peavy, Beltran was 3-3 with a home run.
2. Can Joe Kelly get his first win of the playoffs? In 3 postseason starts so far Kelly has a record of 0-1
3. When the Red Sox bullpen comes in can the Cardinals offense score on it? The Red Sox bullpen has an ERA of 1.00 this postseason which is extremely great.

For Boston

1. Can Jake Peavy end his postseason woes?
2. How will David Ortiz play at 1st base? For the National League part of the series David Ortiz will play 1st and Mike Napoli will sit. During the year Napoli was credited with saving 10 runs because of his defense while Ortiz was credited with costing his team 2 runs.
3. Can David Ortiz keep hitting home runs? Ortiz has 2 home runs in both World Series games and 5 home runs the entire postseason.

 

My Prediction 

Both teams get to the opposing pitcher early as Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly gives up 4 runs in 5 innings. For Boston Jake Peavy gives up 5 runs in 5 1/3 innings. David Ortiz doesn’t help the Red Sox on defense as an error by him leads to 1 of the runs given up by Jake Peavy. The Red Sox bullpen comes in and slows down the Cardinals lineup as they don’t five up any runs the rest of the game. The problem for the Red Sox is that after Kelly goes out they don’t score any runs on the Cardinals bullpen and the game ends with both bullpens shutting out the opposing teams offense.

Final Score

Cardinals: 5
Red Sox: 4

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