St. Louis had started World Series play with a 2-1 advantage nine times before this season, going onto win the title eight times in those opportunities, which should give the clubhouse confidence in this particular matchup.
Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran continues to battle with soreness in his rib area, but he’s gone 8-for-10 with 12 RBIs with RISP in the postseason.
The team has captured eight of its last 11 playoff games as favorite MLB odds of -110 to -150.
Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester is 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA in four outings during the 2013 MLB playoffs, including an 8-1 home victory over the Cardinals in the opening game of this series.
The left-hander went 8-7 with a 4.21 ERA in 20 road appearances
during the regular season, surrendering 13 home
runs in 126 combined frames.
Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright has dropped his last two efforts in the postseason, including a defeat when matching up against Lester last Wednesday, as he allowed five runs (three earned) and six hits over five innings of work.
The right-hander went 9-6 with a 2.53 ERA in 17 home outings during the regular season, with opposing hitters batting .217 against him.
In eight career postseason appearances at home, Wainwright has tallied a perfect 4-0 record and 1.07 ERA.
I’m going to recommend that readers play the total for their MLB picks, as the UNDER is 24-11 in umpire Bill Miller’s 35 home plate assignments in 2013.
It’s also important to point out that all five of Wainwright’s home starts following a team loss have had seven or fewer runs scored since the start of the regular season.
MLB Pick: Under 7