The Red Sox will send Clay Buchholz to the mound to try and steady the ship after two tough losses. Historically, the numbers show that the odds are now heavily in the Cardinals favor after the win last night (see my article yesterday).
So far, the story of the series has been written by poor defense. In game 1, it was the Cardinals making all the mistakes and the Red Sox taking advantage. In games 2 and 3, the Red Sox made 2 bad throws down to 3rd base that cost us 2 wins. Rant all you want about the call in last night's game (and I agree), but catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia should have never have thrown down to 3rd.
Clay Buchholz will take the ball against Lance Lynn after being pushed back because of his shoulder problems, so he will bear watching. He's 2-1 this postseason with a 2.37 ERA in 19 innings pitched, according to mlb.com, while Lance Lynn is coming off 11 days rest. Lynn has a 2-1 record despite surrendering 7 earned runs in 11 2/3 innings in 2 starts and 1 relief appearances.
Boston Red Sox Lineup: Ellsbury, CF Victorino, RF Pedroia, 2B Ortiz, 1B Nava, LF Bogaerts, 3B Drew, SS Ross, C Buchholz (2-1, 2.37 ERA), P St. Louis Cardinals Lineup: Carpenter, 2B Beltran, RF Holliday, LF Adams, 1B Molina, C Jay, CF Freese, 3B Descalso, SS Lance Lynn (2-1 5.40), P
UPDATE: Jonny Gomes in for Shane Victorino and bats 5th, Daniel Nava moves up to th 2nd spot in the order, per Ken Rosenthal.
Victorino lower back tightness. Nava batting second, Gomes fifth for #RedSox.