Tonight at Busch Stadium, the Cards take on the Red Sox in the rubber match of this World Series rematch, which should serve as extra motivation for the Cards tonight. Luckily, our ace will be on the mound against an inexperienced Red Sox pitcher.
The Pitching Matchup: Adam Wainwright (13-6, 2.26 ERA) will hope to rebound from a terrible start on Friday, when he allowed seven runs on nine hits and three walks against the Brewers, as he makes the start tonight. Cards fans may remember that Waino went 0-2 in the World Series against the Red Sox, but this is a much different Red Sox lineup now.
For the Red Sox, Brandon Workman (1-4, 4.08 ERA) gets the nod tonight. In his last start, Workman went just five innings against Toronto, giving up two earned runs on four hits and four walks. Workman may be most well known for being the losing pitcher in Game 3 of the 2013 World Series, when Allen Craig scored the winning run on an obstruction call at third base.
The Skinny: If the Cards can score just a few runs in this one, which is a big if, then they have the definite edge in this rubber match. Though Waino struggled against the Red Sox in last year’s World Series, he should fare much better against this retooled Boston offense that is one of the worst in the American League.