8:07 PM ET, October 28, 2013
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Boston: Lester (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
St. Louis: Wainwright (0-1, 5.40 ERA)
Jon Lester impressed online sports betting dans by giving the Boston Red Sox a one-game lead in his first start of the World Series. Tonight he’s in a position to do it again.
After evening the series Sunday, Boston will count on Lester for Game 5 in St. Louis with hopes of returning to Boston a victory away from their third World Series title in 10 seasons.
The lefty, 3-1 this postseason with a 1.67 ERA and with a 2.07 ERA in 10 career playoff starts, further boosted his October stature with 7 2/3 innings of scoreless work in an 8-1 Game 1 win.
Bettors could be focusing a little more on Lester’s glove when he makes his first career start at Busch Stadium. After the Washington native gave up five hits in the Game 1 victory, Cardinals minor leaguer Tyler Melling tweeted a screenshot of a substance on the glove and referred to it as Vaseline.
Both Lester and the team’s manager John Farrell said he uses rosin to combat heavy sweating, and Major League Baseball stated the end of last week nothing could be concluded from the video and that St. Louis did not issue any complaints.
The Red Sox won 4-2 Sunday, squaring the series at 2-all on Jonny Gomes’ three-run home run in the sixth inning. The blast broke a 1-all tie and gave Boston’s bullpen the support it needed after an ailing Clay Buchholz left after four innings.
Gomes, 0 for 9 in the series before the at-bat, was inserted into the Red Sox’s lineup less than two hours before the first pitch when Shane Victorino was scratched due to a sore back.
As YouWager bettors know, the game ended when Boston’s closer Koji Uehara picked off rookie pinch-runner Kolten Wong at first base with Carlos Beltran at the plate. It was the second straight night with an eighth inning Sunday.
While Boston’s starters haven’t given them many innings in St. Louis and their defense continues to be a problem — Sunday was the third straight game the Red Sox made two errors — David Ortiz isn’t having any troubles in the batter’s box. Ortiz went 3 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored in Game 4 and is batting .727 in the series with eight hits and four walks.
The Cardinals will counter with Adam Wainwright (2-2, 2.25 ERA), whom Boston tagged for five runs — three earned — in five innings of Game 1.
The right-hander is 4-0 with a 1.07 ERA in eight postseason games — four starts — in St. Louis. Wainwright went the distance in his most recent start there, a 6-1 clinching victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 5 of the NL division series.