In a pitching rematch from Game 2, John Lackey will try to pitch the Sox to a title and the young Michael Wacha will do all he can to force a deciding Game 7 Thursday for St. Louis.
Weather—outside of it being cold—will not be a factor, but getting to Fenway will be. With President Obama in town, the City of Boston wants you to ride transit if you are headed to the game.
As we get set for another nail biter, here are a few things to keep in mind:
–Shane Victorino will be in right field and bat sixth.
David Ross is catching and hitting ninth.
Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz will hit second and third as Mike Napoli returns to the lineup to play first. Napoli hits fourth.
–St. Louis places Carlos Beltran back to second in their lineup.
Allen Craig will be the designated hitter and bat fourth.
Daniel Descalso, not Pete Kozma, is the shortstop.
–Although Wacha ended up earning the win in Game 2, his control was not that sharp.
In his six innings, Wacha walked four, striking out six.
He did not give Boston much to swing at, but they laid off his close pitches and chased his count to 114 before giving way.
If he goes the same route Wednesday, Boston wins the series in six.
–Wacha will also be facing the most hostile environment he has ever played in.
As well as he performed last week, pitching in a park that has not seen the home team crowned in 95 years will be different.
They will be loud from the start and build on every mistake.
If he handles that, St. Louis has a good chance.
–Lackey has the chance to become Boston’s version of “Rocky.”
Considering how bad his relationship was with the city and fans after the “Beer and Chicken” days of 2011, Lackey stands at the precipice of becoming a Red Sox hero.
Outside of Jon Lester, there is not another pitcher in the rotation that wants the ball as badly as he does.
His bulldog days have returned and this start is about vindication. He will be ready.
–Felix Doubront will go long relief if needed.
Clay Buchholz will not pitch Game 6, but will be ready to come out of the pen for Game 7 behind Jake Peavy.
–Lastly, enjoy this night.
It may not go the way you want it too, but you will remember this night in Boston forever.
More importantly, be safe. A win means another duck boat parade. You want to see that.
*All statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference.
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