Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (1-0, 97-65 regular season)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Shane Victorino RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Jonny Gomes LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Stephen Drew SS
Xander Bogaerts 3B
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (2-0, 3.00 postseason; 10-13, 3.52 regular season).
CARDINALS (0-1, 97-65 regular season)
Matt Carpenter 2B
Carlos Beltrán RF
Matt Holliday LF
Matt Adams 1B
Yadier Molina C
Allen Craig DH
David Freese 3B
John Jay CF
Pitching: RHP Michael Wacha (3-0, 0.43 postseason; 4-1, 2.78 regular season).
Game time: 8:07 p.m.
TV/radio: Fox / WEEI, ESPN Radio.
Red Sox vs. Wacha: No history.
Cardinals vs. Lackey: Beltran 0-9, Holliday 0-7.
Stat of the Day: The Red Sox have outscored the Cardinals, 32-13, in their last five World Series games, 15-2 in the last three.
Nap time: Mike Napoli’s 13 World Series RBIs are the most ever in a player’s first eight World Series games. The last player with 13 RBIs in any eight-game span was Reggie Jackson.
Key matchup: Jacoby Ellsbury is hitting .372 with a .449 OBP in the postseason and has scored 11 runs in 11 games. The Cardinals need to start this game well after Wednesday’s debacle, and that will mean Wacha has to keep Ellsbury off the bases.
Notes: Since 1993, every home team that has won Game 1 of the Series has gone on to win the Fall Classic. The winner of the first game, home or away, has won the Series 62 percent of the time … The Red Sox have won nine consecutive World Series games, matching the fourth-longest streak in history. The last team to win 10 straight was the Yankees, who won 14 straight from 1996-2000 … Lackey is facing the Cardinals for the first time in his career. He is 5-4 with a 3.10 ERA in 14 postseason games. This is his first World Series game since he won Game 7 for the Angels against the Giants in 2002. Lackey has allowed four earned runs in 12 postseason innings this season. Lackey had a 3.09 ERA against NL teams this season in six starts. He also had a 2.47 ERA in 13 starts at Fenway … Wacha has been Koufaxian in the postseason in three starts: 21 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 22 K. The 22-year-old was drafted in 2012 out of Texas A&M. His fastball has been located on the corners and he throws a changeup and curveball for strikes …The Red Sox are 42-26-1 (.618) in 69 World Series games, the second-best win percentage by any team in World Series play behind Toronto (.667, 8-4) … The Sox are 7-3-1 overall in the second game of a World Series, winning their last three since a loss against the Reds in 1975.
Song of the Day: “I Second That Emotion” by Smokey Robinson.