The announcement is hardly shocking; Wainwright has been one of the Cardinals' best pitchers since 2006 and has looked impressive during the 2013 playoffs. The right-hander has made three starts so far, going 2-1 with a 1.57 ERA. He has shown dominant command, striking out 20 batters while only issuing one walk over 23 innings pitched.
Michael Wacha has actually been the Cardinals' best pitcher this postseason, going 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA. The rookie has only surrendered eight hits and four walks over 21 innings, fanning 22 batters. Wainwright, however, has the much longer track record in the postseason (2.10 ERA over 55 2/3 innings), making the veteran the obvious choice for Mike Matheny.
The Boston Red Sox have not announced their Game 1 starter, but are expected to select Jon Lester. The World Series will start on Wednesday, Oct. 23, with coverage of the series coming on FOX.