MLB Picks: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Boston Red Sox, World Series Game 1

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IOctober 22, 2013

MLB Picks: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Boston Red Sox, World Series Game 1

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    The St. Louis Cardinals have lost four of Adam Wainwright's last five starts with eight or more days of rest, which is important to consider when making your MLB picks Wednesday, as they take on the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

    Sports bettors will find that the Cardinals are plus-110 road underdogs in the pro baseball odds, with the betting total sitting at seven in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at Game 1 of the 2013 World Series from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way.

    Gambling stats via SBR Forum

St. Louis Cardinals

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    The St. Louis Cardinals have won seven of their last 10 World Series games, as they attempt to win their third title in eight years.

    MLB handicappers need to be aware that Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig is expected to start at designated hitter in the opening game of this best-of-seven series.

Boston Red Sox

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    The Boston Red Sox advanced past the Detroit Tigers in six games in the 2013 ALCS, as their bullpen compiled a dominating 0.42 ERA in that span.

    Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester is 2-1 with a 2.29 ERA in three outings during this year's playoff run.


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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Boston Red Sox in the opening game of the 2013 World Series, as the St. Louis Cardinals are 2-11 in their last 13 games as a road underdog of plus-110 to plus-150.

    MLB Pick: Boston Red Sox -120

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