St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran has played in the Major Leagues for 16 seasons. In his first game in the World Series of his long and successful career he crashed into the right field wall.
He was giving chase to catch what would have been a certain home run off the bat of Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. Beltran had to leave the game and was taken to a local hospital. He had x-rays and a CT scan and both came back negative. His status for game 2 is uncertain and at this point he is considered day-to-day.
Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma, a hero from their 2011 World Series team, made costly errors in the first two innings which helped the Red Sox get out to a 5-0 lead. The Red Sox are tough enough to defeat especially at Fenway Park. They become nearly impossible to beat when the opposing team beats themselves with errors.
The focus now shifts to game two tonight in Boston. St. Louis is looking to rebound with rookie phenom Michael Wacha(3-0, 0.43 ERA) on the mound while the Red Sox will counter with veteran John Lackey(2-0, 3.00 ERA).
Wacha has been untouchable in the postseason and the Cardinals need him to be again to avoid going down two games in the World Series. Lackey has been incredible in his starts this season at Fenway Park. His fierce bulldog-like attitude serves to help inspire his teammates.
If Beltran is lost for this game it creates a giant void in the Cardinals lineup. He has been a extremely valuable part of their lineup. His injury could work both ways. It may be a huge negative that results in their lineup, that was nearly shutout last night, to struggle even more. It may also serve as a source of inspiration to them to play at a higher level for their injured teammate.
It’s doubtful that the Red Sox will change anything in their lineup for game two. While the Cardinals may be forced to start Jon Jay and Shane Robinson if Beltran can play. Normally either Robinson or Jay would start in center field.
Losing game one of the World Series is often too much for a team to overcome. Last year the Tigers lost game one to the San Francisco Giants. The Giants were powered by three home runs by third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Shell shocked, the Tigers weren’t able to recover and were swept by the Giants.
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