Carlos Beltran's rib injury and Michael Wacha's breakout month will command most of the attention leading up to Game 2 of the World Series Thursday night.
But there's plenty to ponder besides the playing status of the Cardinals' veteran right fielder and the remarkable rise of their rookie starter. Here are three other story lines for Game 2:
Big Papi and the Cardinals' bullpen
Cardinals rookie left-hander Kevin Siegrist, with the high-90-mph fastball and the 0.45 ERA, was expected to pose a problem for lefty-swinging slugger David Ortiz. The book on the soon-to-be 38-year-old Ortiz is that he no longer can handle the big-time heaters.
The book was wrong in Game 1.
When Siegrist entered in the seventh inning, he had faced 83 left-handed hitters this season, including the playoffs, and yielded only 10 hits, none of them homers. But when he didn't locate his first pitch, a 96-mph fastball, Ortiz hit it into the Red Sox bullpen for his 16th postseason homer to further cement Bost...