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World Series Picks – Boston Red Sox Favored vs St. Louis Cardinals Betting Odds

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Game 1 of the World Series Picks is Wednesday night as the Boston Red Sox host the St. Louis Cardinals. The Boston Red Sox have the home field edge in the World Series that has a 2-3-2 format. The Game 1 starters on Wednesday are Adam Wainwright for the St. Louis Cardinals while Jon Lester goes for the Boston Red Sox. Game 1 odds are on the board at Diamond sportsbook for Wednesday night’s game and you can also bet on who you think will win the Series, World Series props and more. Let’s look at the matchup and World Series picks.

World Series Picks

The Red Sox will have Jon Lester on the mound for Game 1 of the 2013 World Series.

Series Price

Boston Red Sox -150

St. Louis Cardinals +130

Game 1 Odds at Diamond Sportsbook

Boston Red Sox -126, total 7 over

Matchups

The St. Louis Cardinals have a definite edge at catcher with Yadier Molina against Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The teams look even at first base with Matt Adams against Mike Napoli and they are even at second base with Matt Carpenter against Dustin Pedroia and a shortstop with Pete Kozma against Stephen Drew. The St. Louis Cardinals may have an edge at third with David Freese against Will Middlebrooks or Xander Bogearts

The outfield edge looks to be with the St. Louis Cardinals as they have Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran along with Jon Jay while the Boston Red Sox have Daniel Nova or Jonny Gomes, Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino. The interesting spot is at DH with Allen Craig set to return against David Ortiz. If Craig is really ready to play then that matchup is even.

The starting pitching edge is with the St. Louis Cardinals as they have two aces in Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha to go along with Joe Kelly and Lance Lynn while the Boston Red Sox have Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz and Jake Peavy. The bullpen edge is with the Boston Red Sox simply because they have Koji Uehara who is pretty much automatic at the end of the game.

Series Notes

This will be the first time in the World Series since 1999 that the two best teams will actually be playing against one another. The St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox finished the regular season with the two best records in the league at 97-65 each. The Boston Red Sox have home field advantage because the American League won the All-Star game. This will be a rematch of the 2004 World Series that the Boston Red Sox won to end their long drought.

World Series Picks

I see this season as really even and if anything the St. Louis Cardinals have the edge. I think the value is with the St. Louis Cardinals at +130 in World Series odds to win the series.

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