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First, let's get the commerce out of the way, seeing how I'm 5-1 in predicting series to date, and you might actually think that my opinion has some actual worth. Give me St. Louis despite the lack of home field advantage, since they are better in the rotation and defense, and these things matter more when the games are tight. I also think Michael Wacha has got the stuff to put up zeroes in Fenway, that Boston isn't going to get the continued monster late game homers that made the series with Detroit winnable, and that the series is going to go long. Give me the Cards in six, maybe even seven, with Wacha and Wainwright getting it done for them.
Here's the most iron-clad prediction of all: America, by an overwhelming majority, isn't going to watch it.
Why? Well, because baseball has two fan bases now: the regular season mercenary nit gamblers of fantasy, and the regional bases for the main. Since there isn't anything close to a dynasty ...
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Rookie Michael Wacha kept pitching like a postseason ace and John Lackey matched him, leaving the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox scoreless through three innings Thursday night in Game 2 of the World Series.
A day after the Red Sox romped past the sloppy Cardinals 8-1, this one was tight at the start as Boston tried for its 10th straight Series win and a commanding lead....
Michael Wacha and John Lackey have taken much different paths to the Fenway Park mound for Thursday night's Game 2 of the World Series, but the magnitude of the moment isn't lost on either of them.
Wacha, the 22-year-old St. Louis Cardinals' rookie, may not be in this position had it not been for beloved superstar Albert Pujols bolting for the Los Angeles Angels following...
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...
Michael Wacha who could start Game 2 of the World Series at Fenway Park on Thursday has plenty of experience against baseball teams from New England.
Wacha pitched an excellent game for Texas A&M against Holy Cross throwing seven shutout innings on Feb. 24 2012.
That's right Wacha is 20 months removed from facing Holy Cross. Maybe the Sox can ask Crusaders coach Greg DiCenzo...
Michael Wacha's masterful pitching run is over. So is the St. Louis Cardinals' season.
The 22-year-old rookie who burst on the major league scene with the poise of a veteran failed on baseball's biggest stage.
Wacha allowed six runs in 3-2/3 innings Wednesday night and the Boston Red Sox went on to a 6-1 win in Game 6 for their third World Series title in 10 years....
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.”
Michael Wacha remembered passing Will Middlebrooks a few years ago back in Texarkana, the small northeast Texas city where they grew up.
''One of the guys that everyone looked up to,'' Wacha said Tuesday. ''Like he's walking by, `That's Will Middlebrooks there.' It's pretty crazy.''
Texarkana has a population of 36,411, according...
After game one of the World Series, in which the Cardinals seemed to sleep walk through the game, making several mental (and physical) errors, the Cards need a wake-up call.
Things came unraveled in the bottom of the first when Pete Kozma dropped a flip from second baseman Matt Carpenter in what could have been a double play. The umpire, Dana DeMuth originally called the runner...
8 a.m. ET: The World Series is off to a booming start for the Red Sox. Not so much for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals were sloppy early on in Game 1 on Wednesday, and the Red Sox immediately capitalized. Boston scored five runs in the first two innings en route to an 8-1 win.
Jon Lester was fantastic in Game 1. He pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings as Boston grabbed a 1-0 lead in the best...
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.
If what Jon Lester did was a precursor to what kind of series the Red Sox pitching staff is going to have, then this series may resemble 2004 more than we initially thought.
But we don’t get caught up in the emotion of one game and neither should Red Sox Nation. It was one win. Two of the next three games are guaranteed to be in St. Louis and...
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...
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...
The St. Louis Cardinals did exactly what they needed to do in Game Two of the World Series--they came away with a win, but they didn't really do it all on their own. They did get the kind of performances they needed from stars like pitchers Michael Wacha and reliever Carlos Martinez, but the Cardinals should thanks the Red Sox for this one.
Everything that could have went wrong for the St. Louis Cardinals did in their 8-1 loss in game one of the World Series. Not only are the Cardinals down 1-0 in the series, outfielder Carlos Beltran injured his ribs crashing into the rightfield wall catching on what would have been a grand slam. Tonight, St. Louis will look to even the series as they will head back home for...