Sunday's Red Sox-Cardinals World Series Game 4 matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Lance Lynn

October 27, 2013 - 8:07 am
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The Red Sox turn to Clay Buchholz in a vital Game 4 of the World Series at St. Louis on Sunday. Buchholz (12-1, 1.74 ERA) and the Cardinals'€™ Lance Lynn (15-10, 3.97 ERA) face off with St. Louis leading the series 2-1 after its 5-4 win Saturday night at Busch Stadium. After a spectacular regular season, Buchholz has struggled in the postseason. He last pitched in Boston'€™s ALCS Game 6 win over the Tigers last Saturday. In the 5-2 victory, he allowed two runs, four hits and two walks in five innings for a no-decision. Those two runs came during the top of the sixth when Buchholz put on the first two batters he faced. At that point, Franklin Morales relived him, but he was also ineffective as Victor Martinez smacked a two-run single that brought in the two runners Morales inherited. Buchholz was roughed up in Game 2 of the series as well. In 5 2/3 innings, Detroit pushed across five runs and smashed a pair of home runs against Buchholz. In his first start of the playoffs, Buchholz allowed three runs in six innings against the Rays in a 5-4 ALDS Game 3 loss. Buchholz posted a 1.74 ERA and a 12-1 record in 16 starts this regular season. He has never faced the Cardinals in his seven-year career. Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha received much of the hype for their pitching performances in the NLDS and NLCS for the Cardinals. But Lynn'€™s contributions in St. Louis' NLCS win over the Dodgers should not be overlooked. He earned a Game 4 win at Los Angeles in his most recent start on Oct. 15. Lynn lasted 5 1/3 innings and gave up two runs, six hits and three walks while striking out five. Four days earlier, in Game 1 of the series, Lynn made an extra-inning appearance. Lynn pitched the 12th and 13th innings, shutting out the Dodgers and snagging the win thanks to a walk-off single by Carlos Beltran in the 13th. He also made one start in the NLDS vs. the Pirates, but it was an ugly one. Lynn allowed five runs, seven hits and three walks in just 4 1/3 innings. Lynn won a spot in the postseason rotation over rookie phenom Shelby Miller. Miller posted better statistics than Lynn, but a strong month of September made Lynn the more appealing candidate. He also put together a solid regular season, as Lynn won 15 games, posting a 3.97 ERA and an 8.8 K/9 ratio. Lynn and the Red Sox have never matched up. Red Sox vs. Lynn (RHP) David Ross (4): .250/.250/.500, 1 double, 2 strikeouts Quintin Berry (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Shane Victorino (2): .500/.500/.500 Jonny Gomes (2): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Stephen Drew (1): .000/.000/.000 No other Red Sox batters have faced Lynn. Cardinals vs. Buchholz (RHP) No Cardinals have faced Buchholz.

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