World Series Games 1 and 2 could not have been more different.
Wednesday night, during Game 1, the Red Sox made the game of baseball look all too easy; game 2 not so much. St. Louis pitcher Michael Wacha silenced Boston bats, and defense lacked the crisp plays that we saw in Game 1. The silver lining, and statistic, is that 11 of the last 13 teams that won Game 1 of the Fall Classic, went on to win the World Series.
During Game 1, the hits came in the form of home runs and doubles leading to RBIs. Jon Lester pitched his level best, wavering a bit in his final inning with a perceivable reduction in efficacy. The defense turned plays, the best of which was a double play with the bases loaded late in the game. The toss went to home plate and then to first base. Meanwhile, the St. Louis Cardinals played defense worse than your local, pee-wee little league team. I have never seen so many botched plays. It got kind of comical for those of us who are Red Sox fans.
Turning to Game 2, it was offensive role reversal. John Lackey never seems to get the run support that he deserves. Craig Breslow followed him only to give up more hits and runs. I just don’t get why people think Breslow is so great. I feel like I am the only one that has little confidence in him. For some reason fans overlook the games where he pitches poorly.
There were many “woulda’, coulda’, shoulda’ ” moments in Game 2. The Sox could have showed more plate patience. Then again, Wacha proved himself a formidable force despite his youth. Stephen Drew should be able to bunt. Nava could have come off the bench earlier for Drew. The game was a forgone conclusion by the time they put him in to pinch hit in the 9th inning.
I feel disappointed. I’m ready for Game 3; let’s just hope Jake Peavy is too. We all know how much I love Jake Peavy.
:: Eye roll and audible sigh ::
Give him five innings John, and then put in Brandon Workman, Junichi Tazawa, and finally Koji.
What are your thoughts as the Sox head to St. Louis?