Baseball Betting – Up 1-0, Red Sox Get to Face Wacha in Game 2

Throughout the course of baseball history, Fenway Park has been a house of horrors for many teams. The Boston Red Sox showed the St. Louis Cardinals, and baseball bettors, some of that horror in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night. Now the Cards try to pull even by sending their hottest pitcher to the mound in Game 2.

In Game 1, the Cardinals got behind 5-0 after two innings and never got into the game, due to the stalwart outing by Jon Lester. The Red Sox held the Cardinals scoreless until the ninth inning, when Matt Holliday hit a solo homer.

St. Louis had a 19-23 regular season record against left-handed starters. Against right-handers, it was different, as they were 78-42, which was the best record in the majors.

The Game 2 starters are John Lackey for the Red Sox – a right-hander – and Michael Wacha for the Cards, a righty as well.

In the baseball betting odds on this game, as posted at BetAnySports, the Red Sox are favored:

Baseball Betting Odds Courtesy of BetAnySports

Boston Red Sox (Lackey -R) -121
St. Louis Cardinals (Wacha – R) +111

Over 7 Runs -120
Under 7 Runs +100

You are going to get less of a price on the Cardinals in World Series betting (+104) in the “1st 5 Innings” play, since that is what most likely includes Wacha’s full participation. The rookie has allowed all of nine hits in the last 29-2/3 innings he has pitched. He mowed down the Pirates and the Dodgers in the playoffs, and that has sent him into the World Series with a 3-0, 0.43 ERA in the post-season. Will that hold up in this atmosphere?

Wacha has not been in the majors very long; in fact, he only became a regular member of the rotation in September. He has only lost once as a major leaguer, and Los Angeles appeared to be flummoxed when they saw him for the first time. And the second time too. The Dodgers had no runs and seven hits in 13-2/3 innings against him. The Pirates, who were arguably the third best team in the National League, got three hits in 16-1/3 innings against Wacha. For baseball bettors, that could be the definition of dominance.

It is indeed kind of ironic that Wacha, a first-round draftee out of Texas A&M, was a compensatory pick after the Cardinals lost Albert Pujols through free agency. Wacha could conceivably carry this team to a world championship, while Pujols hasn’t delivered much for the Los Angeles Angels.

In Wacha’s last outing, the 9-0 Game 6 victory over the Dodgers that got the Cardinals to the World Series, he three 95 pitches. He needs to be prepared for the patient Boston batters to wear him down and extend him to his limit here, and that is an intriguing part of baseball betting on this game. Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals’ Game 1 starter, threw 95 pitches in just five innings before exiting the contest. If the Red Sox can keep Wacha to about five or six innings, they may have better luck with the bullpen.

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