"It's a pretty clean slate," said Wainwright. "I honestly don't know why my mechanics were as bad as they were, my delivery was off as much as it was."
(KSDK Sports) -- It now comes down to a best-of-three contest between the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox to win the World Series.
And after a sub-par performance in Game 1, Adam Wainwright is eager to take the mound tonight and pitch like the ace of the staff that he is.
"It's a pretty clean slate," said Wainwright. "I honestly don't know why my mechanics were as bad as they were, my delivery was off as much as it was. But I feel like I've put a lot of good reps in in front of the mirror, and watching film and feeling my delivery again, learning the basics all over again. I feel like I've made a lot of good adjustments to be ready for this next game to throw some quality pitches. I threw maybe four or five quality pitches the whole time I was pitching. Luckily to come away with just a few runs; it could have been ten instead of five."
And as far as what he may have learned about the Boston lineup from the first go-round??
"I learned that they hit mistakes," answered Wainwright. "And I learned that if I make mistakes in the middle of the plate up in the zone, they're going to hit them."
It will also be a rematch on the Boston side as Jon Lester will again take the mound—fully aware that all eyes will be on his glove.
"If people want to know how bad I sweat, that's fine," laughed the left-hander.
"I think we've covered that pretty well over the past couple of days.
I've gotten a lot of crap from my friends and my wife on that one.
"But I'm sure there's going to be focus on my glove and focus on my hands and what I'm doing, but I've got to worry about the Cardinals. If I'm worried about what people are looking at, I'm worried about the wrong things. I'm going to go out and pitch my game."
--Yadier Molina has now hit in seven consecutive World Series games (12-27, .444) since Game 5 in 2011. He has knocked in seven runs during that span.
--Allen Craig is a perfect 4-4 as a pinch-hitter in the World Series and has hit .545 (6-11) at Busch Stadium in the Fall Classic.