Starting pitchers have plenty to prove in Game Five

Sun Oct 27, 2013 7:30pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals and Boston's Jon Lester will reprise their Game One duel in Monday's crucial fifth game of the World Series with both pitchers going in with something to prove at Busch Stadium.

Wainwright was out of sorts in the opener of the best-of-seven at Fenway Park, and the St. Louis ace said he was eager for another chance after the Red Sox prevailed 8-1 to begin the Fall Classic.

"I honestly don't know why my mechanics were as bad as they were, my delivery was off as much as it was," said Wainwright, a 19-game winner in the regular season, who was charged with five runs, three earned, in five innings in the opening game.

"But I feel like I've put a lot of good reps in front of the mirror, and watching film and feeling my delivery again, learning the basics all over again.

"I feel like I've made a lot of good adjustments to be ready for this next game to throw some quality pitches."

Lester threw an abundance of quality pitches in his masterful Game One start, throwing shutout ball for 7-2/3 innings.

After the game, Lester dealt with accusations posed by a Cardinals minor leaguer on Twitter, who posted a picture he said demonstrated that the Red Sox hurler had cheated by using a foreign substance in his glove to affect the ball.

Lester explained that he applies the rosin bag to his glove before he pitches to counteract his profusive sweating during games and give him a good grip on the ball, and Major League Baseball officials said they did not think there was wrongdoing.   Continued...

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright throws a pitch against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning during game one of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles Krupa/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports