Four games into this World Series, and we’re tied up at 2 games a piece. Boston got their must-win victory last night on the strength of the unlikely Jonny Gomes (former Nat) and on 85mph fastballs from Clay Buchholz. Lance Lynn didn’t pitch badly; in fact his stuff looked pretty good early on. But one bad pitch to Gomes and the game was over.
Game 5: Jon Lester versus Adam Wainwright. a repeat of the Game 1 matchup, though this time the tables are reversed in terms of road team/home team. In four career home playoff starts Wainwright has conceded exactly four runs. Lester had a .500 record and a 4.21 ERA on the road this season. Despite St. Louis’ inability to hit lefties, I don’t think Wainwright is losing tonight.
Expect a close game, with St. Louis perhaps coming out on top with a 2-1 victory. And since we’ve already had two rather rare game-ending baserunning mishaps (an obstruction call and a pick-off), i’m calling for Game 5 to include something like a running out of order, or a missed base being called out on appeal or something random. Maybe we’ll just get a hotly contested balk.