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World Series Odds Boston Red Sox vs St Louis Cardinals

With the series now tied at 2 each will turn to Game 5 of the 2013 World Series as the Boston Red Sox take on the St Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium tonight. First pitch is scheduled for an 8:07 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised on FOX.  

Current Odds

Boston       +115
St Louis      -125

Over/ Under: 6.5 -110

Analysis: After an obstruction call ended Game 3 and gave the Cardinals victory, Game 4 also ended in atypical fashion as Boston closer Koji Uehara picked off St. Louis pinch-runner Kolten Wong at first base to seal the 4-2 victory. Jonny Gomes had the key hit in the win, hitting a three-run homer that would prove to be the deciding factor. Gomes was not originally in the lineup, but took the place of Shane Victorino who was scratched because of tightness in his back.Shane is questionable for this one. Jon Lester gets the ball for the Sox tonight, after he dominated in Game 1, striking out eight and scattering five hits in 7 2/3 scoreless innings. That just builds on an already tremendous postseason during which he is 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in four starts. Overall he has a 2.22 ERA and 1.10 WHIP over 12 career postseason appearances.

Opposing Lester tonight will be right-hander Adam Wainright. Adam has generally been brilliant this season, leading his team to a 25-13 record (.658), which includes a 2.25 ERA and 0.89 WHIP this postseason. He certainly wasn't sharp in Game 1, though he wasn’t helped that the St. Louis defense committed multiple errors behind him. Wainwright will be happy to pitch at home in this one, where he had a 2.36 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in 19 starts during which the Cardinals went 13-6. Wainwright got the win in each of his two postseason starts at home, yielding two runs on 11 hits in 16 combined innings. 3B David Freese, who is the 2011 World Series MVP, is 1-for-12 with four strikeouts in the set.

Pick: I will side with the Cardinals in this one. Adam At home is money and the Cards defense will show up for this one, unlike game 1 in which he pitched. St Louis does not want to go donw 3-2 heading back to Botson and they won't with a big win here. 



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