MLB Picks: Cardinals vs. Red Sox Game 2

Jeff Grant

Thursday, October 24, 2013 12:23 PM GMT

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 12:23 PM GMT

The Boston Red Sox got off to a great start in the 2013 Fall Classic, as they prepare to host the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park Thursday. Find out where we have decided to place our MLB picks in tonight's Game 2.

Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for Game 2 of the 2013 World Series, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET on FOX.

Review our predictions for the Red Sox vs. Cardinals Series Price.

A rough start

St. Louis is taking part in its 19th World Series, but this edition got off to a rough start, as it suffered an 8-1 blowout loss to Boston as +110 road underdogs Wednesday night.

The Cardinals are 47-20 in their last 67 games following a loss, including wins in their last three opportunities in that situation. 

Quite a run on the biggest stage 

Boston has won nine consecutive World Series games—a stretch that began with a four-game sweep of St. Louis in 2004. 

The Red Sox have compiled a 5-1 home record during the 2013 MLB playoffs—outscoring opponents by a combined 38-15 margin. 

Wacha 

Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha is 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA in the postseason, which includes a 2-1 road victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates during NLDS play on Oct. 7, as he allowed one run and a single hit over 7.1 innings of work. 

The right-hander went 2-0 with a 4.34 ERA in five road outings (three starts) during the regular season, with opposing hitters batting .316 against him.

Wacha will be facing the Red Sox for the first time in his career.

Lackey 

Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey has won both of his postseason starts this season, including a 1-0 road victory over the Detroit Tigers on Oct. 15, as he surrendered just four hits over 6.2 shutout innings. 

The right-hander compiled a 6-3 record and 2.47 ERA in 13 home appearances during the regular season, with opposing hitters batting .232 against him. 

Lackey will take on the Cardinals for the first time in his career, but he’s held outfielders Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday hitless in 16 combined at-bats.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Red Sox with their MLB picks, as they’ve won 38 of their last 54 home games versus right-handed starters. 

MLB Pick:  Boston Red Sox -111

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