MLB fans will be treated to what looks like a thrilling pitcher’s duel just waiting to happen when the left-hander Jon Lester and right-hander Adam Wainwright take to the mound for the Boston Rd So and St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the 2013 MLB World Series.
The last two teams left standing will get their series brawl started on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 5:00 PM ET, live from the Grass of Fenway Park in Beantown.
MLB World Series Betting Breakdown Game 1
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 8:05 PM ET
Game 1 MLB Odds
St. Louis Cardinals +1½ -190
Adam Wainwright –R
Boston Red Sox-1½ +160
Jon Lester – L
St. Louis Cardinals +110
Boston Red Sox -130
Over 7 -125
Under 7 +105
St. Louis will hand the ball to the gifted Wainwright and if he pitches anywhere near they way he has so far this postseason, Boston could be in trouble in Game 1. Wainwright has allowed just four earned runs over three starts spanning 23.0 innings. The hard-throwing hurler has allowed just one home run and one walk during the overpowering stretch.
Boston will counter with veteran lefty, Jon Lester (15-8, 3.75 ERA) and they stand a really good chance of winning if the lovable Lester throws the ball like he has lately. The southpaw starter has allowed just five earned runs in three playoff starts spanning 19.1 innings. Lester has allowed more than three earned runs just once over his L/10 starts dating back to the regular season while limiting the opposition to one run in half of those starts.
Boston is 13-7 in its last 20 games against a right-handed starter while St. Louis has gone 10-10 in its L/20 games against a southpaw starter. The Red Sox however, are just 6-4 in Jon Lester’s last 10 starts while St. Louis has won seven of Adam Wainwright’s last 10 starts.
The BoSox however, have won two straight games at home and five of their last half-dozen games at Fenway overall while St. Louis has lost two of its last three road games.
I really like Boston to get the solid, if not necessarily overwhelming, Game 1 win behind a nice outing from Lester and based on the facts that they are playing at home and come into this World Series showdown riding some serious momentum thanks to Shane Victorino’s Tigers-crushing grand slam in the seventh inning of Game 6.
The Cardinals are just 2-4 in their last six road games and even though they are likely baseball’s best team when it comes to facing adversity and keeping their composure, Boston gets the huge Game 1 win at home in this one.
The Pick: Boston 4 St. Louis 2