Gametime: Saturday 8:07 | Busch Stadium | FOX/WEEI
+5 Run differential in WS
Game 3 Matchup:
Jake Peavy, RHP 2013: 12-5, 4.17 ERA, 1.147 WHIP | 2013 Postseason: 0-1, 8.31 ERA, 1.500 WHIP
Joe Kelly, RHP 2013: 10-5, 2.69 ERA, 1.355 WHIP | 2013 Postseason: 0-1, 4.41 ERA, 1.469 WHIP
Career vs. Cardinals: 3-4, 4.29 ERA, 1.179 WHIP
Career vs. Sox: N/A
2013 vs. NL: 6-2, 3.84 ERA, 1.125 WHIP
2013 vs. AL: 0-0, 0.79 ERA, 1.059 WHIP
Last outing against the Cardinals: N/A
Last outing against the Sox: N/A
After laughing at the Cardinals shooting themselves in the foot in game one with all the errors, the Sox helped them out in game 2. Craig Brewslow's throwing error to third after an unsuccessful play at the plate game the Cardinals the lead and the Sox could not recover. Papi's homer in the previous inning, which game the Sox the 2-1 lead at the time, set up Breslow for a crucial hold. Pitchers crack eventually and every outing can't be perfect.
The Sox dropped the game 4-2, making it their first loss in 9 World Series games.
Which Cardinal(s) to watch out for: The entire lineup
Peavy has not had an easy time this postseason and the Cards may be figuring something out. This is the time (obviously) for Peavy to set his game up and give the Sox what they have been waiting for. A solid outing.
This Cardinals offense is pretty damn good, and they will get a lot of base hits rather than power to amount runs.
Key to Sox victory: Adjusting quickly to the NL game.
As long as the Sox can work around losing the DH and guys can play well off the bench, the Sox could have the advantage. They sure do in the pinch-hit category. There are a lot of good bats on the bench, and Farrell will need them to come through over the next few games.
Not sure if Peavy can deliver a solid outing tonight and keep the Cardinals off the scoreboard. St. Louis will take game 3, 5-4, and I will drink heavily tonight.
Even if that is not the exact outcome, I am drinking heavily tonight.
Wise life decisions.