8:07 PM ET, October 30, 2013
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
St. Louis: Wacha (1-0, 3.00 ERA)
Boston: Lackey (0-1, 3.68 ERA)
It’s finally a possibility again: the Boston Red Sox could win a World Series title on the celebrated green grass at Fenway Park.
When this team last won a World Series at home, Babe Ruth, Carl Mays and Harry Hooper were the stars in September 1918, a baseball season cut short by World War I. Ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2, this year’s Boston team has two opportunities to reward their faithful.
Fenway was just a kid the last time the team took the title there, a modern 6-year-old ballpark. A crowd of 15,238 watched the Red Sox win versus the Chicago Cubs 2-1 to win the Series in six games.
As YouWager experts note, the Red Sox swept the Series in 2004 and `07, starting at home and winning titles at St. Louis and versus the Colorado Rockies. Taking into account the length of time since the last championship clincher at Fenway, there is a seemingly insatiable demand for the just over 38,000 tickets.
David Ortiz’s performance in the World Series has been better than Ruthian. The 37 year-old is batting .733 (11 for 15) with two homers, six RBIs, four walks and a sacrifice fly, and has one-third of the Red Sox’s hits.
While Boston went through a light workout at Fenway Park on a cool autumn afternoon, the St. Louis Cardinals tried to maintain their cool as they got stuck at home, joined by their families on a charter flight delayed several hours by mechanical difficulties.
Shane Victorino is most likely coming back to right field after missing two games due to a bad back, and Game 4 star Jonny Gomes will start in left over Daniel Nava. With the shift back to the American League ballpark, Mike Napoli is back on first base and Ortiz to designated hitter.
Playing with a foot injury, Allen Craig will be the DH for the Cards. Trying for their second title in three seasons, St. Louis has high confidence in rookie Michael Wacha, a pitcher who made his debut in May and who has won all four of his postseason starts, allowing three earned runs in 27 innings.
The Red Sox don’t want the Series to reach a seventh game on Halloween night, which likely would be started by Jake Peavy, who has a 7.11 ERA in this postseason. The Cards in turn would send Joe kelly to the mound, who pitched well in Game 3 but didn’t get a decision.