Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (0-0, 97-65 regular season)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Shane Victorino RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Jonny Gomes LF
Xander Bogaerts 3B
Stephen Drew SS
David Ross C
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (2-1, 2.33 postseason; 15-8, 3.75 regular season).
CARDINALS (0-0, 97-65 regular season)
Matt Carpenter 2B
Carlos Beltran RF
Matt Holliday LF
Allen Craig DH
Yadier Molina C
David Freese 3B
Matt Adams 1B
Shane Robinson CF
Pete Kozma SS
Pitching: RHP Adam Wainwright (2-1, 1.57 postseason; 19-9, 2.94 regular season).
Game time: 8:07 p.m.
TV/Radio: FOX / WEEI, ESPN Radio.
Red Sox vs. Wainwright: Victorino 5-22, Drew 2-19, Ross 2-11. Gomes 2-10, Carp 0-3.
Cardinals vs. Lester: Holliday 2-6, Beltran 1-1, Molina 0-3.
Stat of the Day: The Sox have won eight consecutive World Series games, the fifth-longest streak in history. The Yankees have had streaks of 12 (1996-2000), 12 (1927-32) and 10 (1937-41) and the Reds had a nine-game streak from 1975-90).
Key matchup: Red Sox base-stealers (Ellsbury, Victorino and Pedroia) against Molina. The Sox were aggressive all season and during the postseason, too. Molina is the best in the business at stopping a running game. How bold will the Sox be?
Notes: The Red Sox are back in the World Series for the first time since 2007. They were 7-3 in the first two rounds of the playoffs. … The Sox are facing the Cardinals for the fourth time in the Fall Classic (1946, 1967 and 2004). They are 10-8 against St. Louis in Series play. … Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, who faced the Cardinals in 1967, will throw out the first pitch. … Lester is 4-4 with a 2.49 ERA in the postseason in his career. He is facing the Cardinals for the first time since a regular season game in 2008. … Wainwright has never faced the Red Sox before. He is 4-1, 2.10 in 16 career postseason games, seven of them starts. … Red Sox pitchers have a 3.05 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP in the postseason with the bullpen having allowed only three runs over 32 innings. … St. Louis pitchers have a 2.34 ERA and an 0.99 WHIP in the postseason. … The Red Sox have yet to hit much in the postseason (.236/.325/.365) thanks to slumping hitters like Drew (3 for 35), Ortiz (7 for 35) and Victorino (9 for 38). The Sox also are 13 of their last 72 with runners in scoring position. But they scored enough runs to win three one-run games in the ALCS. … The Sox are 41-26-1 in the World Series, 22-12-1 at home (15-10-1 at Fenway Park). … The Sox are 8-3 in Game 1 of the Series, winning the last four they have played.
Song of the Day: “Back In The High Life Again” by Steve Winwood.