The Cardinals get ready for game six of the World Series

Michael Wacha had a funny way of preparing for the World Series start that could save the season for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Wacha said the players were watching movies and in a pretty good mood as they were stuck on the tarmac yesterday after their plane was grounded. Wacha's 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA in four starts this postseason.

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny says mechanical problems caused their flight to be delayed for what appeared to be about six hours.

The Cards' offense has been flying low, however.

They have scored just three times in losing the last two games, allowing the Red Sox to take a 3-2 series lead.

The Redbirds are batting .218 and averaging 2.6 runs in the World Series.

Conversely, nobody is hotter than Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, who will be the team's designated hitter the rest of the series after playing all three games in St. Louis at first base.

Ortiz has gone 3-for-4 the last two games and is hitting .733 with two homers, six RBIs and five runs scored in 15 at-bats this series.

He's reached base 15 times in 20 plate appearances, quite a turnaround from the 2-for-22 slump Ortiz endured during the ALCS against the Tigers.

John Lackey will start for the Red Sox tonight. Lackey was the losing pitcher in Game 2, surrendering three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings.

But he followed that with one hitless inning of relief in Game 4, helping the Bosox win 4-2.