Found October 29, 2013 on NESN.com:
The Cardinals appear to have made one of the best decisions in franchise history when they passed up giving future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols some $250 million when Pujols became a free agent after the 2011 season. Not only did St. Louis save the money by not matching the Angels’ offer, but the Cardinals also got a compensatory first-round pick. That pick was No. 19 overall in the 2012 draft, and the Cardinals chose pitcher Michael Wacha of Texas A&M with it. Wacha looks like a future Cy Young winner, and he’s been nearly unhittable in the playoffs so far. Wacha gets the ball in Wednesday night’s Game 6 of the World Series at Fenway Park. The Sox were -115 Bovada favorites against Wacha in Game 2 and will be around that number again behind John Lackey, with live betting available. This is only the third time since 2004 that a Fall Classic will go at least six games. The Cardinals went down 3-2 in 2011 against Texas and won the final two games at home for their most recent title...
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