Date/Time: October 30th, 8:07 PM ET
Probable Starters: Lackey (Boston) vs. Wacha (St. Louis)
Moneyline: Boston -117
It has been 95 years since the Boston Red Sox clinched a World Series here at Fenway Park. They can erase all of those years of bad history on Wednesday night in Game 6 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
St. Louis is a resilient team, and we aren’t counting this club out until it’s all said and done with. So many of these games have been incredibly close in this series, and save for Game 1, they all could have gone either way. The Cards have what might be their best pitcher on the mound in this one in RHP Michael Wacha, though this kid has never pitched in a game like this in his life. So far, Wacha has answered the call every time that he has been asked to do the job here in the postseason. He won Game 2 of this series to help get the Cards back into it after a bad first game of the series, and in his last five starts, he is 5-0 with just a total of three runs allowed. There is no doubt that Wacha has made himself a lot of money over the course of the last several weeks, but his team would love for him to come up with one more gem to get it to Thursday’s do or die duel.
Ticket sales at Fenway Park are reaching record levels, and for good reason. Most have never seen the Sox win a World Series in person in their lifetimes, and if history repeats itself by chance, they might never see it again. DH David Ortiz is clearly the MVP of this series, as he is batting .733, and should have another home run to his credit after getting robbed by OF Carlos Beltran earlier in this series. He’s back to not having to take the field, which is a huge plus at this point for a team that could be suspect defensively at times. RHP John Lackey has a chance to close out this season on Wednesday night. Lackey wasn’t atrocious last week when he pitched in Game 2, as he allowed three runs in 6.1 innings of work. Normally speaking, that’s good enough to get a win. In this case, it wasn’t. He also threw a scoreless frame in Game 4 in St. Louis in relief in what amounted to be his first relief appearance in nearly a decade. As long as his arm is in good shape, Lackey should be good to go in this game.
With all of the emotion that is associated right now with this game, we find it hard to believe that the Sox aren’t going to win this series on Thursday. They have the better team, and though they are going up against the superior pitch, we still have to believe that they are going to win this one more often than not to lock down the title.
Boston Red Sox @ St. Louis Cardinals Pick: Boston Red Sox -117
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