2013 World Series: Boston Red Sox Realize They Can’t Beat Michael Wacha
Michael Wacha has been remarkable for the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. They just need to make sure he gets on the mound one more time, unless they win every game at home, that is, and don’t need him for another start.
When a team is shell-shocked 8-1 in the first game of the World Series, the best way to get back is a stunning pitching performance from someone like Wacha. He threw in Game 2 for St. Louis and showed that Fenway Park doesn’t intimidate him in the least.
The Cardinals will win this World Series with solid pitching. They don’t want to get in any type of a slugfest with the Boston Red Sox. They go back to St. Louis tied 1-1 but they know they can win at Fenway Park so it’s not like the pressure is on for them to win all of the next three games in St. Louis for the MLB title.
If the Cardinals put themselves in a position for Wacha to either win a game to keep St. Louis’ hopes alive, they’re in good shape. The Red Sox don’t have the bats to beat Wacha. What he did once he can do again. He’s proven that in the playoffs. He allowed no earned runs in 13.2 innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Championship Series. He’s proven that even at age 22, he’s no fluke when it comes to playoffs. He’s as tough of a pitcher as anyone on the pitching staffs right now. The Red Sox have to win when Wacha’s not on the mound because they simply can’t beat him.