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The Red Sox are planning on winning the World Series.  They're poised to do it, and they are poised to do it at home for the first time since 1918.  They’ve got two shots to win a single game, and they would like to do it tonight and end the storybook run of Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha.

They almost ended that storybook run in Game 2.  Wacha had held them to just three hits, but one of them was David Ortiz’s two-run home run, and Wacha left down by a run.  Yet the Cardinals didn’t let Wacha’s incredible run end as they rallied in the top of the inning and their lead held up, pushing Wacha to 4-0 in the postseason so far, the first rookie to earn four wins in one postseason, according to Elias.


Wacha has been near untouchable.
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That’s pretty incredible for a kid who only has 13 games of Major League experience coming into the playoffs.  He has a playoff ERA of 1.00 and has allowed just 11 hits in 27 innings.  Three of those belong to Boston.

And they’d like to get some more.  They’d like to avoid a Game 7 where anything might happen.

With two chances for one win, the home field advantage and the DH back in the lineup the odds are well stacked in their favor.  The question is can they get to Wacha?

While David Ortiz has clearly been the star for the Sox this series, Wacha has pretty much been the hero for the Cards the whole playoffs through.  If the Cards go on to win it, it will be because Wacha once again stops the Red Sox.

A tall order?  Or a day in the office for the rookie?  It’s hard to judge what momentum means here.  Or if what he’s experiencing is a fairy tale that is destined to have a happy ending.  

Whatever happens there is no doubt that Wacha has nasty stuff and that he’s been tough enough to thrive in high pressure situations so far.  But we won’t know until tonight if the Red Sox got into his head a bit in Game 2.  After all his anger and frustration were quite evident, when he was leaving the game after six innings down for the first time in the playoffs.

Maybe that means the Sox, or at least David Ortiz, are at least a little bit inside his head.  Certainly they’ll be hoping so.

Wacha has been an immovable object for all of the playoffs,  Just ask the Pirates who he limited to a single hit, a home run in 7 1/3 innings, or the Dodgers who managed seven hits and no runs over a span of two games against Wacha.  Even ask Boston’s hitters who have been thrilled to face any Cardinal hurler except Wacha so far this series.

The Sox and their fans want to win it tonight, but they’ll have to get past the immovable Wacha to do it tonight.  Maybe they will.

If not one of the best World Series of recent vintage will go to a Game 7, and there is always something magical about a Game 7.