The 2013 World Series has arguably already had its iconic moment, as Will Middlebrooks was called for runner interference after Allen Craig tripped over him on his way to home plate, ending Game 3. It was the sort of unforgettable play that every classic World Series has.
And just think, we've still got (at least) two more games to go. There's just nothing like October baseball.
But how will the Series play out from here? Will new heroes emerge? Will old heroes come up clutch once again? Will pitchers dominate, or will the bats rule the day?
Here, I've provided the full remaining schedule along with a few thoughts on how the rest of this matchup between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals will play out. Here's to hoping for even more magical or controversial moments.
|World Series Schedule|
|Game||Date||Time (ET)||Home Team||Away Team||TV||Stream|
|4||Sunday, October 27||8:15 p.m.||St. Louis Cardinals||Boston Red Sox||Fox||Postseason.TV|
|5||Monday, October 28||8:07 p.m.||St. Louis Cardinals||Boston Red Sox||Fox||Postseason.TV|
|6*||Wednesday, October 30||8:07 p.m.||Boston Red Sox||St. Louis Cardinals||Fox||Postseason.TV|
|7*||Thursday, October 31||8:07 p.m.||Boston Red Sox||St. Louis Cardinals||Fox||Postseason.TV|
Clay Buchholz (BOS) vs. Lance Lynn (STL)
Expect the bats to come alive in Game 4, as both starting pitchers have struggled this postseason. Buchholz is 0-0 in three starts with a 5.40 ERA, while Lynn is 2-1 (two starts, one relief appearance) with a matching 5.40 ERA this October.
The Cardinals also have key players battling through injuries, as both Carlos Beltran and Craig Allen are banged up. But Lynn has been quite good at home (9-3 with a 2.82 ERA during the regular season), and the lack of a designated hitter was a major advantage for the Cardinals in Game 3.
Prediction: Cardinals win, 4-2
Jon Lester (BOS) vs. Adam Wainwright (STL)
Lester has given up just five runs in 27 innings this postseason, going 3-1 with 22 strikeouts. For a second time in this series, expect him to out-duel Wainwright and force this matchup to go back to Boston.
You just know David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia have some postseason magic remaining up their sleeves. Expect to see it in Game 5.
Prediction: Red Sox win, 5-1
John Lackey (BOS) vs. Michael Wacha (STL)
Wacha has been brilliant in October, allowing just three runs in 27 innings and going 4-0 with 28 strikeouts. While Lackey was a revelation this year, he's been sketchier this postseason, with one shutout sandwiched by a three- and four-run outings.
Fenway Park hasn't exactly been an unconquerable fortress for opponents this postseason, as the Sox are just 4-3 at home in October. The Boston crowd will be pumped up and rowdy for this contest, but the pitching of Wacha and veteran presences of Matt Holliday, Carlos Beltran and Yadier Molina will propel the Cardinals to a championship.
Prediction: Cardinals win, 2-0