Game 1 was an easy win for the Red Sox. Game 2 was a tense pitching battle that belonged to the Cardinals. Game 3 was a back-and-forth classic that ended with a load of controversy and another St. Louis win.
Yep, the World Series is giving us a little bit of everything.
The Cardinals hold a commanding Fall Classic lead up two games to one with the next couple of games at Busch Stadium, but with the way things are going this series, things are nowhere near that simple.
Let's take a look at the schedule:
Game 4 will match up Clay Buchholz with Lance Lynn.
Buchholz was electric during the regular season, compiling a 1.74 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 16 starts. However, he began to show signs of tiring during his last two starts of the season and that has carried over into the playoffs. The 29-year-old Buchholz has a 5.40 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in three postseason starts and had his World Series start pushed back from Game 3 because of "fatigue, per Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston.
|World Series Schedule|
|Game||Date||Time (ET)||TV||Away Team (Projected Starter||Home Team (Projected Starter)|
|4||Sun, Oct. 27||8:15||FOX||Red Sox (Clay Buchholz)||Cardinals (Lance Lynn)|
|5||Mon, Oct. 28||8:07||FOX||Red Sox (Jon Lester)||Cardinals (Adam Wainwright)|
|6||Wed, Oct. 30||8:07||FOX||Cardinals (Michael Wacha||Red Sox (John Lackey)|
|7||Thu, Oct. 31||8:07||FOX||Cardinals||Red Sox|
Lynn has been just as unsteady, allowing 14 hits, seven walks and seven runs over 11.2 innings in October. He earned the NLCS Game 1 win in relief against the Dodgers, but in his two postseason starts, he has a 6.56 ERA and 1.98 WHIP.
Game 5 of the World Series will head back to the top of the rotations, with Jon Lester squaring off against Adam Wainwright.
Remember, though, these are just projections. Postseason play—especially the World Series—is a different beast, and if a manager feels he needs pull a starter in the second inning or bring out an ace for a crucial late inning in a must-win game, the rotations may change.
It's starting to feel like we could be headed for seven games in this one. If that's the case, both managers are going to have to get creative.