PostCards: World Series Game 1 – St. Louis Cardinals vs. Boston Red Sox

After three days of no baseball games to watch on television, the 2013 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox is finally underway.

Oct 22, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) speaks to the media on the day before game one of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Image Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports


Nationally, the game will be televised on FOX with Joe Buck on the call and fomer Cardinal catcher Tim McCarver providing commentary for the last World Series of his broadcasting career. KMOX has Mike Shannon and John Rooney on the call. Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser will handle the World Series call for ESPN Radio.

In playoff history, St. Louis owns an 18-20 record in Game 1 history, including a 7-11 record in 18 previous World Series appearances. In 10 of 18 World Series, the winner of Game 1 has gone on to take home the trophy. This year, St. Louis took Game 1s in both the NLDS and NLDS.

The Cardinals do not have home field advantage for only the fifth time in their last six trips to the World Series. They have won four of the 10 in which they didn’t own home field advantage, including 1926, 1934, 1967, and 2006. The Cardinals are 56-56 (.500) overall in World Series games, including a 30-26 (.536) record at home. They are 6-1 in World Series games played at Busch III, the only loss coming during Game 2 against the Texas Rangers in 2011.

This is the 4th World Series meeting for the two clubs with the last meeting having come in June 2008 when St. Louis took 2‐of‐3 at Fenway Park. Over all, the Cardinals are 6‐3 all‐time in regular season play against Boston (2‐1 at STL & 4‐2 at BOS). Neither team has played against each other at Busch Stadium III.

Cardinals Lineup:
Matt Carpenter (2B)
Carlos Beltran (RF)
Matt Holliday (LF)
Allen Craig (DH)
Yadier Molina (C)
David Freese (3B)
Matt Adams (1B)
Shane Robinson (CF)
Pete Kozma (SS)
Pitcher: Adam Wainwright (RHP)

Red Sox Lineup:
Jacoby Ellsbury (CF)
Shane Victorino (RF)
Dustin Pedroia (2B)
David Ortiz (DH)
Mike Napoli (1B)
Jonny Gomes (LF)
Xander Bogaerts (3B)
Stephen Drew (SS)
David Ross (C)
Pitcher: Jon Lester (LHP)

Topics: St Louis Cardinals

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  • Daniel Solzman

    Red Sox fans are light on applause and mixed with booing during pregame intro of the Cardinals.

  • Daniel Solzman

    First pitch is just around the corner

  • Daniel Solzman

    Beltran strikes out in his first AB

  • Daniel Solzman

    Holliday gets the first Cardinals hit with 2 outs.

  • Daniel Solzman

    Scoreless in the middle of the first inning.

  • Daniel Solzman

    Ump calls player out at second on a ball deflected by Kozma’s glove on the throw. Ball was never in the glove.

  • Daniel Solzman

    Kozma’s error led to an “out.” Umps meet and overrule after Farrell argues. Player comes back to 2nd after it’s overruled and now the bases are loaded. Matheny was out to argue–likely because such a play had never been overruled before.

  • @RPKraemer

    Cards trail 3-0 when they should’ve been out of the inning with a double play. Nice work Pete.

    • Daniel Solzman

      No kididng!

  • Daniel Solzman

    Napoli has an RBI double. Sox take a 3-0 lead in the first

  • @RPKraemer

    Wainwright has to be seething right now.

  • Daniel Solzman

    Strikeout ends the first inning

  • @RPKraemer

    There should’ve been zero controversy if Kozma had just done his job.

  • Daniel Solzman

    Yadi can’t be happy about that strikeout

  • @RPKraemer

    If the Cards are just going to stand there all night they might as well call this one because Hirschbeck obviously has his strike hand working overdrive tonight.

    • Daniel Solzman

      Gonna be a long night.

  • @RPKraemer

    You have got to be kidding me. TALK!! Make a decision!! Make a play!! This is World Series guys, not some backyard sandlot game where you get to kiss the lifeguard if you act like you drowned!

    • Daniel Solzman

      I know, right!

  • Daniel Solzman

    Kozma gets his second error in 2 innings.

  • @RPKraemer

    Kozma, in there for defense, has decided not to use his glove tonight.

  • Daniel Solzman

    Freese just misses on the dive and another run scores.

  • Daniel Solzman

    Matheny out there to talk with the infield in the 2nd inning. My guess is that this is a stalling tactic to get someone ready in the pen.

    • @RPKraemer

      My guess is that it was a pull your heads out of your collective posteriors meeting.

  • @RPKraemer

    Embarrassing.

  • Daniel Solzman

    Beltran steals a Grand Slam! A run scores…

  • @RPKraemer

    That play was Carlos in a nutshell. Glides over there and makes the play like it was something he’d do every day.

  • Daniel Solzman

    Sox lead 5-0 at the end of 2

  • @RPKraemer

    The Cards once again go down in order, and are putting up very little resistance thus far.

  • Daniel Solzman

    Carlos Beltran is now out of the game due to being injured on catching the grand slam.

    • @RPKraemer

      Things going from bad to worse. What’s next? Is Wainwright’s arm going to fall off in between innings?

  • @RPKraemer

    I’m glad Wainwright finally looks like he’s engaged in this one. Too bad it took 5 runs for it to happen.

  • Daniel Solzman

    Jay walks and Craig hits it up the middle.

  • Daniel Solzman

    Yadi loads the bases on a single

  • Daniel Solzman

    Freese GIDP leads into a missed opportunity.

  • Daniel Solzman

    1-2-3 in the bottom 4th

  • Daniel Solzman

    Runners safe at 2nd and third. Gomes with the error in left

  • Daniel Solzman

    With 2 RISP, Jay grounds out to end the inning. Really wish that was Beltran hitting…

  • Daniel Solzman

    End of 5, Sox still lead 5-0

  • Daniel Solzman

    Cards go down in order in the 6th

  • Daniel Solzman

    Lester in complete control

  • @RPKraemer

    Disappointing that they showed up and played this way tonight. Series is a long way from over obviously, but it would have been nice to see them start off on the right foot tonight.

    They need to get a split in Boston so they don’t have to sweep at home.

    • Daniel Solzman

      75 Reds were shut out in Game 1. They won the WS

      • @RPKraemer

        Oh, I am aware the Series isn’t over. That wasn’t my point.

  • Daniel Solzman

    Freese with an error.

  • Daniel Solzman

    That Freese error led to a Ortiz home run off of Kevin Siegrist

  • Daniel Solzman

    Lester had a heck of a game. Cards defense, on the other hand…

  • Daniel Solzman

    Down to the final 3 outs of Game 1. Cards shut out 8-0 until Matt Holliday hits a home run

  • Daniel Solzman

    Red Sox win this one 8-1

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