World Series Odds – Ortiz vs. Wacha Could Be Classic Matchup

The St. Louis Cardinals are desperately trying to stave off elimination tonight in Game 6 of the World Series, and they will have their new ace to throw at the American League champions.

Rookie Michael Wacha, who went six solid innings in Game 2 to pull the Cards even at a game apiece, gets the mound assignment for St. Louis (as he opposes John Lackey), and the huge challenge he’ll face is David Ortiz, who has basically torn up the St. Louis pitching staff on his way to capturing the MVP award if the Boston Red Sox win. In fact, there is a case to be made for him even if his team loses, although one must suppose that if Wacha gets the Cardinals through this hurdle, he’d be a candidate.

In the World Series odds that have been posted on this game at BetAnySports, the Red Sox are the favorites in this 8:05 PM ET start at Fenway Park in Boston:

World Series Betting Odds Courtesy Of BetAnySports

Boston Red Sox (Lackey – R) -119
St. Louis Cardinals (Wacha – R) +109

Over 7 Runs +105
Under 7 Runs -125

St. Louis has its work cut out for it; after all, the last time a team won Games 6 and 7 on the road to win the World Series was the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979. They are certainly hopeful of getting halfway there with the guy who has been most reliable for them in this post-season. Wacha has a 4-0 record and 1.00 ERA since the playoffs began, and he has registered the wins when the Cards needed them.

Up until the sixth inning of Game 2 he had gone 26 innings and given up only a single run. Then David Ortiz came up to bat, and he took Wacha over the wall for a two-run homer. This was par for the course for Ortiz, who has put together one of the great World Series performances ever. Big Papi has 15 official at bats and collected eleven hits for an average of .733. His on base average is .750, and his OPS (on base percentage plus slugging) is a stratospheric 2.017. And Ortiz had to deal with being robbed blind of a grand slam in Game 1 when Carlos Beltran injured his ribs catching one right up against the fence. In a special BetAnySports baseball prop, Ortiz is priced at +550 to hit the first home run of the game.

To give you an idea of how “head and shoulders’ he has been over his teammates, they have hit just .151 in this series. So it would kind of be ideal if they could chip in a little. One thing that could help is that they are going to extend at bats, which may cut down on Wacha’s innings if the pitch count comes strongly into play. He left after six innings and 114 pitches in Game 2.

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