Bob Ryan: ‘Michael Wacha Is A Formidable Obstacle’
(CBS Sports Radio) — All right, Boston, we know you’re excited, but settle down. It ain’t over yet.
The Red Sox will host the Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series on Wednesday and, if necessary, in Game 7 on Thursday, needing just one win to secure their third world championship of the last decade.
If you ask the people of Boston, the victory parade will be Saturday. If you ask the great Bob Ryan, however, celebration plans are yet to be determined.
“I’ve seen too much, and I know that winning these two games is not an impossible task for the Cardinals,” the Boston Globe columnist said on The John Feinstein Show. “But (my reluctance) has a lot to do with Wacha. He really is a formidable obstacle.”
Wacha is 22-year-old righty Michael Wacha, who in four postseason starts has gone 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA and 0.70 WHIP. He also has 28 strikeouts in 27 innings.
He started just nine games during the regular season.
“As young as he is and as infrequently as he’s pitched in the major leagues, in the postseason he’s been a dominant pitcher,” Ryan said. “I think he has an excellent chance of making this a seven-game series. I think (John) Lackey will pitch well (for Boston, but) I’m not ready to book the parade just yet.”
Then again, it might not matter how well Lackey pitches, as David Ortiz has been absolutely unstoppable. He is hitting .733 with two home runs, two doubles, six RBIs and four walks in the series. He went 6-for-7 (.857) in his last two games, leading Boston to a 4-2 win in Game 4 and a 3-1 win in Game 5.
“They are doing this in a manner that is seldom seen because basically they aren’t hitting anything except for one guy,” Ryan said. “But they have had a knack for the timely bomb every now and then.”