Cardinals/Red Sox Keys To Success For Game 1

Source: Joel Reuter, CNN Bleacher Report

Jon LesterFor the Boston Red Sox: Jon Lester MUST pitch like an ace

The need for Lester to return to form atop the rotation was among the biggest keys to success for Boston entering the season. And he did just that, going 15-8 with a 3.75 ERA and re-establishing himself as the team’s top starter.

Squaring off against Adam Wainwright will be no easy task, though, and the Red Sox need him to pitch like an ace to start the series off on the right foot.

Matt Carpenter 18-02-00For the St. Louis Cardinals: quiet Red Sox Nation by scoring first and early

Both of the teams in this series have fantastic fanbases, and winning on the road is not going to be easy for either side—getting on the board early and at least attempting to take the fans out of the game is going to be key for the road team.