Boston Red Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals: Keys to Each Team Winning WS Game 2

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Boston Red Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals: Keys to Each Team Winning WS Game 2
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While it may seem foolish to call Game 2 of the 2013 World Series a "must-win" game for the St. Louis Cardinals, dropping the first two games of the series to the Boston Red Sox would put the National League champions in a deep hole that they may not be able to climb out of.

Here's the ugly truth:

  • The team that has emerged victorious in Game 1 has won 21 of the past 25 World Series.
  • In World Series history, 53 teams have jumped out to a 2-0 series lead—and 42 of those teams have gone on to hoist the Commissioner's Trophy.
  • The last time Boston and St. Louis met in the Fall Classic, back in 2004, Boston jumped out to a 2-0 lead—and swept the Cardinals in four games.

Game 2 is close to a "must-win" for the Cardinals, and the Red Sox would love nothing more than to head to St. Louis knowing that, in a worst-case scenario where the Cardinals won all three games at Busch Stadium, the series would still return to Fenway Park.

While history may not be on St. Louis' side, Michael Wacha, the best pitcher in the postseason thus far, is—and that's reason enough for the Cardinals and their fans to remain optimistic.

Let's take a look at the keys for each team heading into an incredibly important Game 2 when Wacha will face off against veteran John Lackey on Thursday night.

 

*Unless otherwise noted, all statistics are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.

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