Is 'every little thing ... gonna be all right'?
October, 25, 2013
To borrow a Bob Marley line from the Fenway Park crowd that serenades Shane Victorino before every at bat, is "every little thing gonna be all right" for the Red Sox in the World Series?
Michael Wacha proved to be the dominant right-hander we saw in the National League playoffs, and relievers Carlos Martinez (3 strikeouts in 2 innings) and Trevor Rosenthal (struck out the side in the ninth on 11 pitches) made the Sox long for the days of facing Joaquin Benoit and Phil Coke with the game on the line.
We also still don't know if Boston starter Clay Buchholz is going to be effective (or even available) in Game 4 on Sunday. He told ESPNBoston.com earlier this week that his shoulder feels "a little dead." That's not what you're looking to hear from a guy about to make the biggest start of his life.
We don't know which Jake Peavy will show up for Game 3. Will it be the one who held the Rays to five hits and one run in 5 2/3 innings in the ALDS? Or will it be the guy that got shelled (7 earned runs in 3 innings) in the ALCS against the Tigers?
And then there's the fact that the Red Sox are on the road for the next three games in St. Louis. You have to assume the red-hot David Ortiz will play first base, but that means Mike Napoli's bat won't be in the lineup unless it's for pinch-hitting duties.
Oh, and the Cardinals have won 11 of their past 12 games at Busch Stadium.
Looking for some good news? The next two Cardinals starters -- Joe Kelly and Lance Lynn -- have surrendered a combined 15 runs in 28 innings in five postseason starts (only one of which was a quality start).
The teams work out later today in St. Louis. ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes will report from there with updates.