Red Sox offense vs. Cardinals starters
The ace of the Cardinals pitching staff is Adam Wainwright. Wainwright went 19-9 in 2013 with a 2.94 ERA and 219 strikeouts. So far, Wainwright has gone 2-1 in three postseason starts with an even better 1.57 ERA. Only two of the Red Sox starting nine have faced Wainwright in their careers: Shane Victorino is 5-for-22 with a home run and three RBIs, while Stephen Drew is just 2-for-19 with two walks. David Ross and Jonny Gomes have faced Wainwright 11 and 10 times, respectively, and each have two hits with one home run against him.
The three bigger question marks for the Red Sox offense will be how they will fare against young Cardinals starters Michael Wacha, Joe Kelly and Lance Lynn. Wacha, the NLCS MVP who nearly no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NLDS, went just 4-1 in nine regular season starts, but has been on fire in the postseason, shutting out the Dodgers over 13.2 innings in the NLCS. No current Red Sox hitter has ever faced Wacha.
Kelly has been very good as well, going 10-5 with a 2.69 ERA in the regular season, but has struggled more in the postseason, allowing eight earned runs over 16.1 innings in three starts. Just two Red Sox hitters have ever faced Kelly: Victorino and Drew have each faced him three times, with Victorino recording one hit and Drew drawing one walk.
Lance Lynn, St. Louis’ fourth starter, is another mystery to the Red Sox. Lynn, who went 15-10 with a 3.97 ERA in the regular season, has started two games this postseason and come out of the bullpen in one other, and has allowed seven runs over 11.2 total innings. Only David Ross and Quintin Berry have faced Lynn more than two times; each have one hit against him. Victorino is the only other Red Sox player to have a hit against Lynn in his career.