|BOSTON ( PEAVY )|
ST LOUIS ( KELLY )
|World Series - Best of 7 - Game 3 - Series Tied 1-1|
|955||BOSTON||-110||Ov 7,-105||-105||Ov 7,-120|
|956||ST LOUIS||+100||Un 7,-115||-105||Un 7,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||70-47||+14.2||57-54||5.3||0.273||0.342||4.1||0.248||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.3||3-2||4.1||0.219||0.273||3.1||0.241||0.300|
|vs Right-handed Starters||83-44||+26.2||65-57||5.1||0.272||0.331||3.6||0.246||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.6||3-4||3.3||0.221||0.279||3.0||0.205||0.240|
|10/15/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||1-0||W||135||7 ov||U||4||4||0||6||7||1|
|10/16/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||3-7||L||100||7.5 un||O||12||10||0||9||6||0|
|10/17/2013||LESTER(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||4-3||W||105||7 un||P||10||8||0||10||6||1|
|10/23/2013||LESTER(L)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||8-1||W||-120||7 ev||O||8||4||1||7||6||1|
|10/24/2013||LACKEY(R)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||2-4||L||-115||7 ov||U||4||6||1||7||6||1|
|10/26/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)|| |
|10/27/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|10/12/2013||WACHA(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||1-0||W||+125||6 un||U||2||2||1||5||6||0|
|10/14/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||0-3||L||-115||6.5 ov||U||4||4||0||9||5||0|
|10/15/2013||LYNN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||4-2||W||120||7 ov||U||6||9||0||8||5||1|
|10/16/2013||KELLY(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||4-6||L||155||7 un||O||10||5||0||9||2||0|
|10/18/2013||WACHA(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||9-0||W||+120||5.5 ov||O||13||8||0||2||2||1|
|10/23/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||1-8||L||110||7 ev||O||7||6||1||8||4||1|
|10/24/2013||WACHA(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||4-2||W||105||7 ov||U||7||6||1||4||6||1|
|BOSTON: HITTING: OF JACOBY ELLSBURY's 2011 breakout was no fluke. He has real power to complement his elite speed. 2B DUSTIN PEDROIA bounced back from a slow start to finish with career highs in HR and RBI. He benefits from hitting behind Ellsbury. 3B KEVIN YOUKILIS is a huge injury risk. His best seasons are behind him. 1B ADRIAN GONZALEZ wasted no time winning over Boston fans last year, and should hit even more HR in 2012. DH DAVID ORTIZ has put together two straight impressive years after being left for dead in 2009. 2011 Super Bust OF CARL CRAWFORD will bounce back, just not as much as most experts think. Most of the catcher duties will go to C JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA, with C KELLY SHOPPACH getting ABs against lefties. Right field will be filled by former Giants playoff hero CODY ROSS. SS NICK PUNTO replaces Marco Scutaro, who is now in Colorado. 3B MIKE AVILES is a solid hitter with the defensive flexibility to end up with semi-regular ABs. |
STARTING PITCHING: JON LESTER seems to have leveled off as a very good pitcher instead of ascending into an elite class. He lost some speed on his pitches and got hit a little harder in 2011. Coming off the best season of his up-and-down career, JOSH BECKETT's numbers are bound to regress a bit in 2012. Back problems limited CLAY BUCHHOLZ last season, and he lost some of the zip on his fastball. He'll tally a low ERA and 15+ wins if he can stay healthy. ALFREDO ACEVES was outstanding out of the bullpen last year, and will compete for a rotation spot this year. He was a starter for years in the Mexican League and the minors. Former setup man DANIEL BARD is being converted to a starter, but he may wind up back in the bullpen later on. After Tommy John surgeries, DAISUKE MATSUZAKA is due to return around July, while JOHN LACKEY won't be back until 2013.
RELIEF PITCHING: ANDREW BAILEY was a acquired from Oakland in December for a heap of prospects. He's one of the best closers in baseball, and may even be an upgrade from departed Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth. Time will tell how he'll handle the increased scrutiny of playing in Boston. Coming over in a trade for infielder Jed Lowrie, MARK MELANCON was excellent as a closer last season in Houston and should be Bailey's main set-up man in the eighth inning. BOBBY JENKS has ninth-inning experience, but he will be out at least two months coming off a pulmonary embolism.
|ST LOUIS: HITTING: Alienate and trade your talented young centerfielder for bullpen scraps and a middling, impending free-agent starter. Justify your ludicrous pitching changes by blaming crowd noise and your innocent bullpen coach'and you too could win a World Series! This was Tony La Russa baseball. But he's gone now, as is the all-world Albert Pujols. SS RAFAEL FURCAL liked his short stint in the Show Me State enough to sign up for more. OF CARLOS BELTRAN will hit second after an impressive 2011 campaign during which he produced solid numbers in pitchers' parks amidst weak lineups. 2Bs TYLER GREENE and DANIEL DESCALSO are the latest plucky 'gamer' to play infield at Busch. Resuscitated slugger 1B LANCE BERKMAN shifts to a much more suitable defensive position. OF MATT HOLLIDAY's OPS remains as strong as ever. 3B DAVID FREESE will never have to buy a drink in Missouri again after his postseason heroics. C YADIER MOLINA is a defensive whiz behind the plate and an underrated hitter. OFs ALLEN CRAIG and JON JAY are more suited to platoon roles, but Jay will be starting in center on Opening Day. |
STARTING PITCHING: His stuff isn't nearly what it used to be, and he's more than earned his reputation within the game as a towering crybaby. But on the mound, CHRIS CARPENTER remains ruthlessly effective when he's healthy. But he'll miss the first couple of months of the 2012 campaign due to shoulder problems. ADAM WAINWRIGHT should be ready to go on Opening Day, and has shown every reason to think he'll be his old brilliant self. JAIME GARCIA cannot sustain a sub-2.00 ERA for a full season. He's a mid-rotation starter, but one of the better ones in all of baseball. Did KYLE LOHSE really register a 1.17 WHIP over an entire season? Really? He just doesn't miss enough bats to keep that going. JAKE WESTBROOK stayed healthy for a full season again, which is a relief given his past dalliances with the DL. He's an innings eater who's capable of another dozen wins. LANCE LYNN gives the Cardinals enviable depth in the rotation. He'll probably slide back to the bullpen once Carpenter returns. Uber-prospect SHELBY MILLER could be a second-half call-up.
RELIEF PITCHING: It doesn't look pretty when JASON MOTTE winds up and delivers a pitch, but in the end, results are results. The converted catcher has finally nailed down the closer role that many predicted would be his a few years ago. The only way he loses it this time is if he hurts himself with that painful delivery. FERNANDO SALAS can more than hold his own if that happens. He'll slot into the eighth-inning role, but he provides more of the pitching depth that is a hallmark of this Cardinals team. KYLE McCLELLAN, like Lynn, is serviceable both in relief or in the rotation. But he's better in the former role.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (BOSTON-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Updates throughout to add details. With AP Photos.)
*Red Sox-Cardinals Preview* ===========================
By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer
Boston (97-65) at St. Louis (97-65), 8:07 p.m. EDT
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- From the Green Monster to the Gateway Arch. From the Charles River to the mighty Mississippi. From clam chowder to toasted ravioli.
The World Series scene is shifting, and St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright couldn't be happier.
"We love Cardinal country," he said Friday.
For good reason, too. After Boston split the first two games at Fenway Park, now Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury and the rest of the Red Sox will get to see what makes this place so special.
Especially in October.
"Well, we love playing here at Busch Stadium. Like I said, it's a sea of red," pitcher Joe Kelly said.
The free-spirited Kelly was set to start Game 3 on Saturday night against Jake Peavy.
"This is what I've lived for my whole life - my whole baseball career, I should say," Peavy said. "I'm as prepared as I'll ever be - physically, mentally."
Also warmed up: A team of eight Clydesdales, ready to pull a red beer wagon around the warning track before the first pitch. It's also a tradition for fans to gather early at the Musial statue - there are two honoring Stan the Man, actually.
Red Sox closer Koji Uehara took a moment to soak it all in. As he walked onto the field for a workout, the first-time visitor looked at the gleaming Arch hovering high beyond the center-field fence.
The Cardinals rely on a lot more than pomp when they play in their own park.
They led the NL in scoring while going 54-27 at Busch, and then let pitching take over in the postseason. St. Louis is 5-1 at home in the playoffs - in those five wins, opponents scored a total of five runs.
Boston has hit just .188 so far in the Series, with David Ortiz providing the biggest bop. He's homered in both games and is 4 for 6 overall with five RBIs.
With no designated hitter in the National League park, Ortiz will switch to first base. Manager John Farrell wouldn't say whether Ortiz would start there for every game in St. Louis, but it's a good guess regular first baseman Mike Napoli will be on the bench for a while.
Farrell also said lefty-swinging Daniel Nava would start in left field instead of Jonny Gomes, who is 0 for 7 so far.
"Obviously David's bat, at all costs, needs to be in the lineup," Peavy said. "David is a game-changer. He's as clutch as anybody I can remember playing with or against."
"It just seems like he has a flair for the dramatic. When the situation is the biggest, he's at his best," he said.
Ortiz hit a two-run homer off rookie sensation Michael Wacha in Game 2 that put Boston ahead 2-1 in the sixth inning, but St. Louis rallied in the seventh for a 4-2 win.
The Red Sox will spend this weekend at the stadium a few blocks from the Mississippi River.
"I believe our ballpark is very fair. I don't think there's one thing that would make our team any more effective in this park than any other," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "It's not like there's the oddities, like a Green Monster or deep corners and gaps."
"But you can't help but buy into the atmosphere, especially when you're at home and every single thing you do gets such a positive response," he said.
Kelly is glad to be home, all the way around.
"You get to sleep in your own bed. You get to do what you normally do on a regular basis," he said. "If you get coffee in the morning, you go to your coffee shop. It's just a comfort level to know that it's your home away from your offseason home."
For the Red Sox, this is their first visit to St. Louis since Ortiz hit a home run on June 8, 2005, in a win at the previous Busch Stadium. The new park opened the next year.
Kelly also had some friendly advice for Boston's first-time visitors. It involved a local favorite, a food that many are certain started in this city.
"Find some toasted raviolis, eat some. Those are good, especially in St. Louis," he said.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 7:23:00 PM EST|