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John Lackey confirmed as World Series Game 2 starter

Oct 22, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT

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From Alex Speier, the excellent Red Sox beat writer at

Red Sox manager John Farrell said that after Jon Lester starts Game 1 of the World Series, John Lackey will start Game 2, in part based on a desire not to have his next trip to the mound be too far removed from his dominant performance in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against the Tigers, when Lackey beat Justin Verlander, 1-0. A Game 2 start would mean Lackey was pitching on seven days’ rest, as opposed to nine days if he were to be pushed back to Game 3 in St. Louis.

The other option would have been Clay Buchholz, who started Game 2 of the ALCS against the Tigers but struggled in that outing. Farrell wouldn’t say whether it’ll be Buchholz or Jake Peavy for World Series Game 3.

With ace Adam Wainwright going in Game 1 and rookie sensation Michael Wacha starting Game 2, the Cardinals seem to have the early matchup edge. But it’s simply impossible to predict baseball’s postseason.

  1. gameover78 - Oct 22, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Cards with edge @ Fenway? Give me a break, this series will resemble the 04′ series….suck it

  2. Glenn - Oct 22, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    So many times the predictions based on the starting pitchers are wrong. Look at the Boston-Detroit series. The Detroit starter were literally unhittable for a bunch of those games. LA was supposed to win every Kershaw start. Baseball games have too many random events to be sure to be so stock sure about the starting pitcher.

    • paperlions - Oct 23, 2013 at 7:55 AM

      Right, which is why he said the have an “edge” not that they will win. Being a favorite in most baseball games that involve 2 quality starters usually means you have about a 55% chance of winning. It is an “edge”, not anything approaching a deterministic factor.

      Do people really want to argue that Wainwright is not better than Lester or that Wacha is not better than Lackey? The Cardinals clearly have a pitching edge in these two games…of course, the Red Sox have a lineup edge, and a defense edge, and a base running edge in pretty much every game in the series.

      • pastabelly - Oct 23, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        The Red Sox have edges in hitting, fielding, and team speed. They will not be betting underdogs in games in Boston. Maybe the Tigers, with Verlander, would have been favored at Boston.

      • paperlions - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        Right. Just because the Cardinals have a pitching matchup edge doesn’t mean they are favored in those games. They aren’t.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Oct 23, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    I will say, Wacha seems like a possible weak link, especially in Fenway, although he did pitch REALLY well in his interleague matchups.

    Of course, those were against the Royals and Mariners.

    Both at home with no designated hitter.

    Of course, if you’re going to face a DH instead of a pitcher for the first time I guess David Ortiz is a good enough shepherd.

    • tfbuckfutter - Oct 23, 2013 at 12:24 AM

      Of course, that being said, the Red Sox have always seemed to be really really terribly against young pitchers their first time out.

  4. gameover78 - Oct 23, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    I’ll argue they’re not better in Oct @ Fenway

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