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World Series Game 1 Betting Preview

Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals are pegged as slight underdogs on the betting lines at the books for Game 1 of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Wednesday night.

The Red Sox have been set as the favorites for Game 1, and they'll be sending Jon Lester to the mound at home. Lester is 2-1 with a 2.33 ERA so far in the playoffs, while Wainwright is 2-1 with a 1.57 ERA in his outings so far during the 2013 postseason.

Lester was 12-3 as a moneyline favorite at home in 2013, while the Cards have lost four of Wainright's past six road starts. [ See tons of fun World Series props ]

View St. Louis Cardinals vs Boston Red Sox Odds and Stats.

The Red Sox were listed as -125 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at Bovada, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 7 earlier at TopBet.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Red Sox rated this week at No. 4 and the Cardinals sitting at No. 2.

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How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Boston and its No. 1-rated batting order, averaging 5.22 runs per nine innings, against the No. 3 lineup of the Cardinals at 4.77 runs per outing.

St. Louis brings the No. 4-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Red Sox's No. 12-ranked defense.

A few Cardinals at Red Sox trends to consider:
St. Louis is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 6 games
St. Louis is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of St. Louis's last 9 games on the road
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Boston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Boston's last 9 games when playing St. Louis

Next up:
St. Louis at Boston, Thursday, October 24th