ST. LOUIS — A delayed flight? No problem for Michael Wacha. The St. Louis Cardinals rookie has been mowing down hitters all postseason. Why let a little travel snafu wreck your plans for Game Six of the World Series?
“I wouldn’t be doing anything really,” Wacha said during a conference call Tuesday night from the tarmac in St. Louis, where the Cardinals’ charter flight here was delayed several hours by mechanical issues. “Just going to grab something to eat and then hanging out in my hotel room. Nothing too crazy.”
Wacha has put together one crazy postseason. He’s 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA in those four starts, striking out 28 and walking only seven in 27 innings. And he won Game Four of the division series in Pittsburgh when the Cardinals were in a 2-1 hole, taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning.
“I imagine it’s going to be crazy, but I’m not going to pay any attention to it,” Wacha said of the Fenway Park faithful. “I’ll keep going about my business the way I have been in all my starts this year. And not worry about the crowd, and just get locked in with Yadi Molina behind the plate and just make my pitches.”
Manager Mike Matheny praised Wacha’s consistency.
“It seems like with every situation that everybody tries to build up around him the better he pitches,” Matheny said. “So right now we’re just anticipating him to stay the course.”
Some series numerology:
• The Red Sox have outscored the Cardinals, 21-13, but the Cardinals have batted .218 while Boston is at just .205. The teams’ on-base percentages are both sickly, with St. Louis owning the slight edge (.274-.268)
• David Ortiz is 11 for 15 for the Red Sox and the rest of is 22 for 146 (.151). So Ortiz has one-third of his club’s 33 hits for the series.
• Ortiz is batting .465 for his career in 13 career Series games, the highest average ever for players with at least 35 plate appearances.
• The Red Sox struck out 14 times in Game Five, raising their total to a postseason-record 156 and snapping a tie for the all-time record of 142 with the 2010 San Francisco Giants, who beat Texas.
• Boston closer Koji Uehara has seven saves, tying the all-time mark most recently set by Philadelphia’s Brad Lidge in 2008.
Sox manager John Farrell said Shane Victorino (back) is good to go for a return to the lineup in Game Six. Farrell also said that catcher David Ross, whose ground-rule double in the seventh inning was the tiebreaking hit in Game Five, will stay behind the plate.
Matheny said the Cards almost certainly will use Allen Craig at designated hitter and may move Carlos Beltran back to the cleanup slot in the order after he batted second on Monday.
The Cardinals are trying to become the seventh road team to wipe out a 3-2 deficit in a World Series. The last six teams in the 3-2 hole have lost the series. ... Molina had a seven-game Series hitting streak snapped in Game Five. ... The Game Five time of 2 hours, 52 minutes the shortest since San Francisco’s Game Five clincher at Texas in 2010 and Texas went 2:32.