The St. Louis Cardinals will look to hold onto home-field advantage after splitting two games in Boston, as they prepare to host the Boston Red Sox Saturday.
Winning streak snapped
Boston had won six consecutive World Series games until suffering a 4-2 setback to St. Louis as -114 home favorites in the second game of this best-of-seven series Thursday, while going UNDER the betting total of 7.
The Red Sox have still outscored opponents by a 55-35 margin in 12 games during the 2013 MLB playoffs.
MLB handicappers will find that the franchise are 38-14 in their last 52 games following a loss.
Of the 13 previous times the Cardinals were 1-1 in a Fall Classic, 11 ended with the franchise walking away with the title.
St. Louis will be hosting Boston for the first time at the latest version of Busch Stadium, while the UNDER is 7-3-1 in the last 11 overall meetings in this interleague series.
Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran was able to fight through the pain of bruised ribs last night—finishing 2 for 4 at the plate with an RBI.
Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy has compiled a 0-1 record and 8.31 ERA in two postseason efforts, including a 7-3 road defeat to the Detroit Tigers on Oct. 16, as he allowed seven runs and five hits over three frames.
The right-hander went 5-5 with a 5.27 ERA in 14 road efforts during the regular season, surrendering 12 home runs in 82 combined innings.
In three career games at this ballpark, Peavy has gone 1-2 with a 2.25 ERA.
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Cardinals starting pitcher Joe Kelly has gone 0-1 with a 4.41 ERA in three efforts during the playoffs, as he looks to bounce back from a 6-4 road loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Oct. 16.
In 18 home games (eight starts) during the regular season, Kelly tallied a winning 5-4 record and 3.29 ERA, with opposing hitters batting .279 against him.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Cardinals in the first five innings for their World Series MLB picks, as they’ve won Kelly’s last five starts as a home underdog.