Top stats to know: World Series Game 4

After an unprecedented Game 3 win by the St. Louis Cardinals to take a 2-1 series lead over the Boston Red Sox Saturday night, the two teams square off again for Game 4 Sunday night.

Here are some of the top stats to know for Game 4:

Clay Buchholz stats to know

Buchholz is 0-0 with a 4.98 ERA in four career postseason starts and a 5.40 ERA this postseason. He has never faced a current Cardinals player.

Buchholz: Fastball/Cutter
2013 Season

Buchholz is leaving his fastball and cutter up in the zone way too frequently against left-handed batters, and they are crushing the pitch.

He’s allowed nine hits in 17 at-bats off his fastball/cutter in the postseason, good for a .529 batting average. That number was .165 in the regular season.

Buchholz averaged 90.2 mph with his fastball in his last start, his second-lowest average fastball velocity in a start this season.

Lance Lynn stats to know

Lynn is 1-1 with a 6.52 ERA in two starts this postseason (he also pitched two scoreless innings in a relief appearance this postseason).

Lynn has made a fairly dramatic change in his pitch selection this postseason compared to the regular season. He’s throwing his curveball 24 percent of the time in the postseason after throwing it just 10 percent in the regular season – and to good effect.

Seven of his 12 strikeouts this season have come with the curveball in the postseason after only 17 out of 198 came via the pitch in the regular season.

Red Sox striking out

Red Sox batters have struck out 134 times this postseason. That’s the fourth-most strikeouts by a team in a single postseason all time.

Most Batter Strikeouts
Single Postseason – All Time

The team is just nine strikeouts away from topping the list.

The Red Sox player who is struggling the most is Stephen Drew. Drew has 17 strikeouts and a .091 batting average in the postseason. He’s 1-for-9 with five strikeouts in the World Series.

Cardinals big bats

The Cardinals have gotten the kinds of performances they were looking for from their veterans in the middle of the order.

Yadier Molina had the biggest hit of last night's game, the double against Koji Uehara that set up the final play of the game. Molina became the third catcher to have three career three-hit games in the World Series, joining Roy Campanella and Thurman Munson.

Molina has 12 RBI in his World Series career, which is the second most in Cardinals franchise history. Only Lou Brock has more (13).

Matt Holliday has a .333 batting average, along with two home runs and seven RBI in seven World Series games against the Red Sox. The only player with more career World Series RBIs against the Red Sox than Holliday is Hall-of-Famer Gary Carter (nine for the Mets in 1986).

Home-field advantage

The Cardinals have won seven of their last eight home games in the World Series dating back to 2006.

American League teams are 3-12 on the road in the last six World Series.