World Series Game One Preview:
-Boston, Fenway Park
-Lester has very limited experience against Cardinals. In one career start he allowed two earned runs on nine hits. Lester did not factor into the decision, he did strikeout three and issued one walk. Lester is 2-1 this postseason with an ERA of 2.33. He has struck out 14 while walking seven in 19.1 innings of work. Lester finished the regular season with a 15-7 record and a 3.75 ERA. He struck out 177 batters compared to 67 walks.
-Matt Holliday is 2-for-6 against Lester with an RBI and a strikeout.
-Carlos Beltran who will be appearing in his first World Series is 1-for-3 vs. Lester with a pair of walks.
-Yadier Molina is 0-for-3.
The limited pitcher vs. batter match-ups usually means advantage pitcher. However, this is the Worlds Series and the Cardinals are very patience hitters. Lester does have a 5.06 ERA in 48 innings this season against lefties. The good news for Boston is Matt Adams (.231/.423/.231 vs. LHP) is the only left handed power bat for St.Louis.
-Adam Wainwright has never faced Boston. He is 2-1 with 1.57 ERA this postseason. Wainwright has also struck out 20 batters and issued one walk in 23 innings this October. He finished the regular with a 19-9 record and a 2.94 ERA with 219 strikeouts compared to just 35 walks.
-Shane Victorino is 5-for-22 against Wainwright with a homer, three RBIs, pair strikeouts, one HBP and one GDP.
-Stephen Drew is 2-for-19 with a pair of walks, five strikeouts, a double and one GDP.
-David Ross is 2-for-12 with a homer, a double, three RBIs and four strikeouts.
-Jonny Gomes is 2-for-11 with a homer, a double, three RBIs and four strikeouts.
-Red Sox reserve Mike Carp is 0-for-3.
It is interesting that Red Sox hitters who have faced Wainwright have take him yard and doubled or got out. Wainwright lives in the 90-95 MPH range. Most of the Boston hitters have not faced him. The hard swinging David Ortiz and Mike Napoli could get the meat of the bat on the ball and that could make a huge difference in the game’s outcome. If Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury happen to be on base the differential could mean a Boston win.