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Carlos Beltran's rib injury and Michael Wacha's breakout month will command most of the attention leading up to Game 2 of the World Series Thursday night.
But there's plenty to ponder besides the playing status of the Cardinals' veteran right fielder and the remarkable rise of their rookie starter. Here are three other story lines for Game 2:
Big Papi and the Cardinals' bullpen
Cardinals rookie left-hander Kevin Siegrist, with the high-90-mph fastball and the 0.45 ERA, was expected to pose a problem for lefty-swinging slugger David Ortiz. The book on the soon-to-be 38-year-old Ortiz is that he no longer can handle the big-time heaters.
The book was wrong in Game 1.
When Siegrist entered in the seventh inning, he had faced 83 left-handed hitters this season, including the playoffs, and yielded only 10 hits, none of them homers. But when he didn't locate his first pitch, a 96-mph fastball, Ortiz hit it into the Red Sox bullpen for his 16th postseason home...
BEST OF MAXIM
Carlos Beltran waited 16 years to make it to the World Series.
He lasted a little more than an inning.
Beltran was injured in Game 1 against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night when he crashed into the bullpen wall to deprive David Ortiz of a second-inning grand slam. The play turned a homer into a sacrifice fly - saving three runs but costing the Cardinals Beltran's services...
It all started on September 24 when Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha took the hill against the Nationals for his last regular season start of 2013. No one could have expected the lanky 22 year-old from Texas to make history that night, but he nearly did by taking a no-hitter into the ninth.
That spectacular start probably secured his spot on the Cardinals’ postseason rotation,...
Carlos Beltran doesn't have any broken ribs and he might even be able to play Thursday night.
Allan Craig didn't swing the bat like someone who hadn't played in 49 days.
And Shane Robinson had a hit, made a great catch and turned in a heads-up base-running play.
See, not everything went wrong for the Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday night.
The St. Louis Cardinals lost 8-1 to the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the 2013 World Series last night, but they at least could…
BOSTON -- Michael Wacha walked into a restaurant in St. Louis and found himself on the menu.
So he tried the "Wacha Wacha" milkshake.
"It was pretty good," the Cardinals rookie right-hander said before the World Series opener Wednesday night.
It's been a quick move from the shadows to the spotlight for Wacha, called up for the final time this season after...
BOSTON -- Just when it seemed Michael Wacha had cracked, the St. Louis Cardinals began scooting around the bases and tied the World Series.
Wacha beat John Lackey in a matchup of present and past rookie sensations, and this time it was the Cardinals' turn to take advantage of sloppy fielding as St. Louis topped the Boston Red Sox 4-2 Thursday night to even the Series at a game...
Some leftover notes from the past few days:
-In preparing for our Game 2 broadcast, I spoke with Rob Childress, Michael Wacha's coach at Texas A&M. Childress said Wacha's character and work ethic exceed even his talent and credited those traits to the right-hander's parents, Karen and Tom, whom Erin Andrews interviewed during the game.
The Wachas lived in Iowa City...
Just when it seemed Michael Wacha had cracked, the St. Louis Cardinals began scooting around the bases and tied the World Series.
Wacha beat John Lackey in a matchup of present and past rookie sensations, and this time it was the Cardinals' turn to take advantage of sloppy fielding as St. Louis topped the Boston Red Sox 4-2 Thursday night to even the Series at a game apiece...
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny isn’t one for hyperbole even when describing his wunderkind World Series Game 2 starter Michael Wacha the 22-year-old NLCS MVP who didn’t even make his first major league start until late May.
When asked about the right-hander during yesterday’s pregame press conference Matheny called Wacha’s stuff “above average.”
Lots of big names -- including Carlos Beltran Japan's Masahiro Tanaka Brian McCann and even Shin-Soo Choo -- were discussed at the Yankees organizational meetings over the past couple days.
The names of Beltran Tanaka and McCann have been connected to the Yankees before but Choo is a fairly new one.
The Yankes are one of the teams committed to new stats and they are admirers...
Yesterday's pick of the Cardinals could not have been more wrong. The Cardinals played a horrible game and the one thing they did really right cost them their post season hero (at least for the rest of the game). The Cardinals could not field, they could not hit Jon Lester and Adam Wainwright was uncharacteristically high in the strike zone. Put it all together and it was a...
We brought you the ridiculous Boston rally song by “What Does The Sox Say,” but it appears the St. Louis Cardinals also love themselves some Ylvis. Cards fan Todd Thomas put together this parody of “What Does The Fox Say,” but pays homage to the Cardinals such as Yadier Molina and Michael Wacha. Can we please stop now?
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Game 2 of the 2013 World Series will feature the wily veteran versus the red-hot rookie. 11-year MLB starting pitcher John Lackey will look to put the Red Sox up 2-0 in the Series. Rookie sensation Michael Wacha, the NLCS MVP, will try to even things up for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Gametime: Thursday 8:07 | Fenway Park | FOX/WEEI
+7 Run differential in WS
Game 2 Matchup:
Michael Wacha, RHP 2013: 4-1, 2.78 ERA, 1.098 WHIP | 2013 Postseason: 3-0, 0.43 ERA, 0.571 WHIP
John Lackey, RHP 2013: 10-13, 3.52 ERA, 1.157 WHIP | 2013 Postseason: 2-0, 3.00 ERA, 1.167 WHIP
Career vs. Sox: N/A
Career vs. Cardinals...
The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Boston Red Sox 4-2 Thursday night to tie the World Series at a game apiece. Michael Wacha won again, improving to 4-0 this month. He carried a postseason scoreless innings streak of 18 2/3 into the sixth, but walked Dustin Pedroia, and then gave up a home run to David Ortiz. Boston starter John Lackey carried a 2-1 lead into the seventh, but a...