Game 1 went as I thought; Adam Wainwright may be unbeatable at home, but he’s shown that he’s vulnerable on the road (see the Nationals’ destroying of him in last year’s Game 5 start). Boston jumped on him early and cruised to an 8-1 victory.
(I don’t know what that green substance was on Jon Lester‘s glove … but i’m sure we’re going to a) be reading all about it and b) it won’t be there when he pitches again in Game 5).
Game 2: Michael Wacha vs John Lackey. Without doing a bunch of analysis, as badly as St. Louis hits lefties is as well as they hit righties. Wacha has been unbelievable this post season (a 0.43 ERA). Lackey has been competent but not un-hittable. I feel like St. Louis gets a split and goes home with the series tied 1-1.
I think Carlos Beltran will be fine. I think all the nerves and errors we saw in Game 1 will go away. St. Louis has been here before and should be able to rebound from the series of bone-head plays that led to many of Boston’s runs.
(btw; interesting piece in the Post today about Wacha, who was drafted a few picks after the Nats took Lucas Giolito. Lots of second-guessing going on by everyone who skipped him in the 2012 draft. It is what it is; you setup a draft board, and if you get to your pick and Giolito is ahead of Wacha you pick him. Albert Pujols was a 13th round pick; sometimes you miss on amateur guys. Per the story, if Giolito had been gone the team would have taken him).