On-Base Perception

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Adam Wainwright's bad omen

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright wipes

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Adam Wainwright walked Jacoby Ellsbury on a 3-2 pitch to lead off the bottom of the first inning of Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night and right then and there you could have turned off your TV set, confident in what was about to follow.

The very act of Wainwright walking the first batter he faces (as a starter) is so rare -- and such a portent of things to come -- that perhaps...

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Boston Red Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals World Series primer

Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester smiles during

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Before the World Series kicks off Wednesday, we go inside the hitting and pitching numbers the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox have posted this postseason to give you the inside info on how these two powers match up:

OFFENSE

The Red Sox have the edge here, but there’s not as big a gap as may appear at first.

The Sawx have batted .236 with a .315 on-base percentage and .365...

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