Red Sox notes: Lackey vs. Wacha in Game 2

Red Sox notes: Lackey vs. Wacha in Game 2
October 22, 2013, 9:15 pm
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John Lackey will get the ball for the Red Sox on Thursday night in Game 2 of the World Series.

(AP Photo)

BOSTON – Not unexpectedly, John Lackey will start Game 2 of the World Series Thursday night at Fenway Park against the Cardinals. Lackey had started Game 2 of the ALDS against the Rays, before sliding back to Game 3 of the NLCS against the Tigers. Lackey is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA so far in the postseason. He was 6-3 with a 2.47 ERA at Fenway Park in the regular season.

Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha will oppose Lackey in Game 2.
 
Manager John Farrell did not say how the rest of his rotation will lineup, but Buchholz and Jake Peavy are expected to start in St. Louis.  

While two Red Sox sources insisted to CSNNE.com's Sean McAdam that Buchholz would be able to make the Game 3 start, the Red Sox appeared to preparing contingency plans late in their workout Tuesday when left-handers Felix Doubront and Matt Thornton took the mound at Fenway Park and faced hitters. That would seem to suggest a backup plan of Doubront starting if Buchholz can't go.

The Red Sox 25-man World Series roster must be submitted by 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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Farrell on Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, who threw out 20 of 46 would-be basestealers in the regular season. His .435 percent rate of throwing out runners was second in the majors only to the Dodgers' A.J. Ellis' mark of .444:
 
“He's a shutdown thrower behind the plate, evident by the number of attempts against them this year, but in addition to his ability to throw the baseball, their pitchers do a very good job with their unloading times, as well," Farrell said. "We're still trying to get our arms around it, trying to maybe be opportunistic in certain situations.  We don't know when they're going to be yet.  But he's certainly a force to be reckoned with back there.  And you don't want to take chances particularly as well‑pitched games as it projects to be with these two staffs.  You think it might be a low‑run game and outs are a premium.”
 
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Farrell, on how he would define "the Red Sox way":
 
“There's a relentless approach to play a complete game every night.  And I know that can be selling a broad brush, but we look to be relentless in every aspect of the game.  And that's a mindset, an attitude that we've worked hard at creating.  And I think that attitude is what has allowed us to come back from so many deficits this year and never give an at‑bat away, and certainly play to the 27th out every night.”
 
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Sox pitchers have a 3.05 postseason ERA. They held opponents to two runs or fewer in five of their 10 games so far...The Sox bullpen, which had been thought to be a question heading into the postseason, has allowed just one run in 24 1/3 innings over the past seven games for a 0.37 ERA. The Sox .084 relief ERA this postseason leads the eight playoff teams. The only better postseason relief mark in team history came in 1916 with a 0.00 ERA in 3 1/3 innings, and 1918 (0.00 ERA in 1 inning).

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The Sox have outscored opponents 45-30 in 10 postseason games, with two of their three losses by one run. Despite a .236 team average , the Sox 4.5 runs per game in the postseason lead all teams. The Sox offense leads all teams with a .325 on-base percentage.

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Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1... Mary J. Blige will sing the National Anthem before Game 1... Dan Clark, the ‘Singing Trooper,’ will sing ‘God Bless America’ in the middle of the seventh inning.

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There will be a special pre-game ceremony recognizing three living Medal of Honor recipients, including Salvatore Giunta (Medal of Honor received November 16, 2010), Clinton Romesha (Medal of Honor received February 11, 2013) and William Swenson (Medal of Honor received October 15, 2013).

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Jacoby Miller, the five-year-old son of U.S. Air Force Captain Garrett Miller, who is currently deployed in Afghanistan, will yell “Play Ball!” before the start of Game One. The Millers are from Glastonbury, Conn.

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Deon Singletary, 14, from the West End House Boys and Girls Club (Allston section of Boston) will deliver the first ball to the mound. He will be joined by three-time All-Star and Red Sox legend Luis Tiant. Singletary is a freshman at Another Course to College in the Brighton section of Boston...The umpires for the series include crew chief John Hirschbeck, Dana DeMuth, Jim Joyce, Paul Emmel, Bill Miller, and Mark Wegner.