MLB Betting: World Series Game 2
After dominating in the NLCS last week Michael Wacha will get the ball for the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night as they play Game 2 of the World Series at Fenway Park.
Wacha tossed 13 2-3 shutout innings against the Dodgers in a pair of NLCS victories, improving him to 3-0 with an 0.43 ERA so far in the postseason.
Red Sox Game 2 starter John Lackey is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA so far in the 2013 playoffs.
The Red Sox sit at No. 4 in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Cardinals sit at No. 2 on the same chart.
St. Louis was an 8-1 loser in its last match on the road against the Red Sox. They lost as +117 underdogs, while the total score of 9 made winners of OVER bettors. St. Louis suffered an 8-1 loss against Boston on Wednesday, as Adam Wainwright wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Fenway Park.
How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Boston has baseball's No. 1-rated offensive output, at 9.54 hits per game. The Cardinals average 9.06 hits per game, good for No. 6 on the list.
Defensively, St. Louis features the No. 10-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.01 runs per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 2 at home, scoring 5.25 runs per game.
A few Cardinals at Red Sox trends to consider:
St. Louis is 2-4-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
St. Louis is 2-3-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston
St. Louis is 13-4-1 SU in its last 18 games
Boston is 5-1-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
Boston is 2-4-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing St. Louis
Boston is 4-1-1 SU in its last 6 games
St. Louis at Boston, Saturday, October 26th