Oct 24, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha throws a pitch against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning during game two of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park. Image Credit: Jared Wickerham/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

PostCards: World Series Game 6 – St. Louis Cardinals vs. Boston Red Sox


It’s win or go home for the St. Louis Cardinals as they face an elimination game tonight in Game 6 of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox.


The Cardinals turn to rookie pitcher Michael Wacha (4‐1, 2.78; 1‐0, 3.00) as he takes on John Lackey (10‐13, 3.52; 0‐1, 3.68), the last rookie pitcher to win an elimination game. Wacha is 4-0 this postseason. He allowed 3 runs in his last 4 starts.

The Cards have won 4 of the 10 World Series in which they did not hold home field advantage: 1926 vs. New York Yankees, 1934 against the Detroit Tigers, 1967 against the Boston Red Sox, and 2006 against the Detroit Tigers. Following Game 5 on Monday, the Cards now hold a 58-59 (.496) record in the World Series, including a 31‐28 (.525) record in home games.

In playoff history, the Cards are 10-10 in Game 6, including a 6-7 record in the World Series (3-4 on the road). The Cardinals’ last World Series road win in Game 6 came in 1934 against the Detroit Tigers.

When trailing 2-3, the Cards have won 4 of 5 World Series. They are 12-7 in the World Series when facing elimination. The last two times that the Cards won Games 6 and 7 on the road were in 1926 and 1934.

If Carpenter can score some runs tonight, the Cards should do fine. During the season, they were 28-3 when he scored twice or more.

Cardinals lineup:
1. Matt Carpenter (2B)
2. Carlos Beltran (RF)
3. Matt Holliday (LF)
4. Allen Craig (DH)
5. Yadier Molina (C)
6. Matt Adams (1B)
7. David Freese (3B)
8. Jon Jay (CF)
9. Daniel Descalso (SS)
Michael Wacha (P)

Red Sox Lineup:
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (CF)
2. Dustin Pedroia (2B)
3. David Ortiz (DH)
4. Mike Napoli (1B)
5. Jonny Gomes (LF)
6. Shane Victorino (RF)
7. Xander Bogaerts (3B)
8. Stephen Drew (SS)
9. David Ross (C)
John Lackey (P)

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  • Daniel Solzman

    Ballgame is under way

  • Daniel Solzman

    Carpenter just needed a few more inches on his fly ball. Out at the wall.

  • Daniel Solzman

    Cards go down in order in the 1st but they are making contact with the ball

  • Daniel Solzman

    Ellsbury is the first K victim for Wacha

  • Daniel Solzman

    Ortiz wins the first battle of the night with a walk

  • Daniel Solzman

    Napoli becomes the 2nd K victim for Wacha and Ortiz is left stranded at first base.

  • Daniel Solzman

    Craig and Molina with back to back singles to start the 2nd inning

  • Daniel Solzman

    Adams and Freese both fly out, leaving it up to Jon Jay, who strikes out to end the inning

  • Daniel Solzman

    I’ve never been more frustrated by Freese and Jay this postseason. Kozma is just as bad offensively.

  • Daniel Solzman

    After a single and walk, Wacha gets out of a jam with 2 fly outs and 3rd strikeout to end the 2nd inning

  • Daniel Solzman

    Descalso strikes out but Carpenter gets on with a liner but Beltran GIDP to end the 3rd

  • Daniel Solzman

    With two on in the 3rd, Wacha gets Napoli for his 4th K of the night

  • Daniel Solzman

    Victorino drives in 3 off the wall.

  • Daniel Solzman

    After a 3-0 deficit to end the 3rd, Craig gets on with his 2nd hit to start the 4th

  • Daniel Solzman

    Pedroia boots the ball and Yadi gets on safely following a hit from Craig. But Adams and Freese can’t get the job done and the 4th inning is over

  • Daniel Solzman

    Wacha pulled for Lynn. Drew homer didn’t help

  • Daniel Solzman

    Lynn and Maness both relieve Wacha. Unless the Cards offense gets moving, it’s all over.