Let’s take a closer look at the MLB odds for Game 6 of the 2013 Fall Classic at Fenway Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:07 p.m. ET on FOX.
A tall task
Since 1979, six MLB teams have failed to overcome 3-2 deficits on the road in World Series play, which places a lot of pressure on St. Louis in this particular matchup.
The Cardinals have won seven of their last eight games when facing elimination in postseason play, but they arrived in Boston just before midnight Tuesday due to mechanical issues with their charter plane.
Ortiz is looming
Boston last won a Fall Classic at home in 1918, as the franchise tries to improve upon its 7-9 all-time record in clinchers on the game’s biggest stage.
Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has reached base in 15 of 20 plate appearances in the first five games of this best-of-seven series, which has played a major part in the left-handed hitter possessing a .465 career batting average in World Series play.
Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha is 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA in his October starts, which includes a 4-2 road victory over the Red Sox in Game 2 last Thursday.
The right-hander has allowed just 11 hits in 27 combining innings during the 2013 MLB playoffs, while issuing eight walks and striking out 28 batters.
Wacha compiled a 2-0 record and 4.34 ERA in five road appearances (three starts) during the regular season.
Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey enters with a 2-1 record and 3.26 ERA during this year’s postseason run, which includes a scoreless inning of reliefs on Sunday in St. Louis.
The right-hander has held his opponent to four or fewer runs in 14 of his 15 career playoff starts, while he’s thrown 5.2 innings more innings in postseason play than Wacha has in his entire career.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Red Sox with their MLB picks, as they’ve gone 38-13 in their last 51 games as a home favorite.
St. Louis will fall to 3-9 in its last 12 games as a road underdog.
MLB Pick: Boston Red Sox -117