ST. LOUIS - David Freese arrived at Busch Stadium Tuesday thinking it would be the day he broke out of his slump. Then he looked at the lineup card and saw he had the afternoon off.
So the third baseman, stuck in a 5-for-31 slump that dropped his batting average from .329 to .283, begged and pleaded with his manager to put him in the lineup. Mike Matheny finally caved, making a late lineup change to put Freese in.
"I'm healthy and I want to get in there and keep grinding it out," Freese said. "Obviously I'm going through a little slump right now but I think it's something everybody goes through. I want to be in there.
"Sometimes you need a break, but I feel good. I want to be out there, especially with us losing four in a row, I thought I can help this team. I talked to Mike and eventually it worked out."
The Cardinals ended their skid Tuesday. Freese unfortunately prolonged his. The NLCS and World Series MVP went 0-for-5 and grounded into two double plays in the Cardinals' 7-6 ...