World Series 2013 Schedule: Where to Watch Remainder of Fall Classic
With Game 1 of the World Series in the books, it would be easy to write off the sloppy St. Louis Cardinals.
That would be unwise.
For as horrible as the Cardinals looked Wednesday in an 8-1 defeat, this dance is just underway. Yes, Boston swept St. Louis in 2004 to extend a World Series winning streak that still stands, but the Cardinals looked like anything but the team that won 97 games in the regular season.
The Red Sox take Game 1 with an 8-1 win over the Cardinals. Jon Lester: 7 2/3 shutout innings, 5 hits, 8 Ks. pic.twitter.com/7VmLMENOdH— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 24, 2013
Red Sox: 5th straight win in Game 1 of a World Series (streak started in 1975); 9-3 all-time in World Series openers— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 24, 2013
St. Louis will undoubtedly turn things around and at least make things interesting—especially with the middle three games of the series set to occur at Busch Stadium.
An extremely critical Game 2 is on the horizon Thursday. Here's where fans can find the contest and the remaining games with a preview after the jump.
|Game||Date||Matchup||Time (EDT)||Channel||Pitching Probables|
|1||Wed., Oct. 23||Boston Red Sox 8, St. Louis Cardinals 1||7:30 p.m.||FOX|
|2||Thurs., Oct 24||St. Louis Cardinals @ Boston Red Sox||7:30 p.m.||FOX||Michael Wacha (STL) vs. John Lackey (BOS)|
|3||Sat., Oct. 26||Boston Red Sox @ St. Louis Cardinals||7:30 p.m.||FOX||Jake Peavy (BOS) vs. Joe Kelly (STL)|
|4||Sun., Oct. 27||Boston Red Sox @ St. Louis Cardinals||8 p.m.||FOX||TBD|
|5*||Mon., Oct. 28||Boston Red Sox @ St. Louis Cardinals||7:30 p.m.||FOX||TBD|
|6*||Wed., Oct. 30||St. Louis Cardinals @ Boston Red Sox||7:30 p.m.||FOX||TBD|
|7*||Thurs., Oct. 31||St. Louis Cardinals @ Boston Red Sox||7:30 p.m.||FOX||TBD|
Schedule via MLB.com. Starting pitcher matchups are courtesy ESPN.com. *If necessary.
Can St. Louis Recover from Embarrassment?
The Cardinals were laughed out of the building Wednesday—literally. A miscommunication between Adam Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molina on a routine pop-up that fell harmlessly to the grass caused Fenway Park to erupt.
As ESPN points out, the seven-run loss is not exactly an easy thing for the Cardinals to recover from, either:
Red Sox are 6th team in the past 30 seasons to win Game 1 of World Series by at least 7 runs. 4 of the other 5 went on to win the series— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 24, 2013
Good news Red Sox fans...The Game 1 winner has gone on to win #WorldSeries 21 out of 25. Including 9 of the last 10.— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) October 24, 2013
As bad as things were, all hope is not lost, right?
St. Louis does get to return home in Game 3, which makes Thursday's contest that much more important. Going home with the series tied at 1-1, anything is possible. 0-2? That's asking for a loss.
The good news is the Cardinals will not have to go against Jon Lester again for a little while. Lester was St. Louis' worst nightmare in Game 1, as he struck out eight and allowed no runs through over seven innings of work.
With a little bit of luck, the Cardinals will also get slugger Carlos Beltran back sooner rather than later. He left the game with a rib injury after leaping on the far wall and robbing David Ortiz of a grand slam. Per the team's official Twitter account, Beltran ended up in the hospital as a result:
INJURY UPDATE: Carlos Beltran taken to a local hospital for an examination.— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) October 24, 2013
Which team wins the series?
Outside of a solo home run from Matt Holliday in the ninth, the Cardinals sorely missed Beltran's production.
Things now fall directly on the shoulders of NLDS MVP Michael Wacha, who so far has gone 3-0 with one earned run in over 20 innings. If Boston's bats are going to be cooled in this series, Wacha will need to work more of his magic. The duo of Lance Lynn and Joe Kelly behind him have combined for one quality start between them this postseason.
St. Louis has been here before, winning World Series titles in 2006 and 2011. The pressure is immense, but this series is far from over.
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