After splitting the first two game of the World Series at Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals look to continue the battle for baseball supremacy in St. Louis.
For the Red Sox, their game plan for game 3 has not gone exactly like it was supposed to. After it was revealed that Clay Buchholz was suffering from shoulder fatigue, the Red Sox decided to give Jake Peavy the start in Game 3. The 32 year old righty is coming off a dreadful start against the Detroit Tigers in game 4 of the ALCS in which he allowed 7 runs over just 3 innings pitched. But if there's one thing that Red Sox fans can hang their hopes on with Peavy it's his ability to not let losses linger. During the regular season, Peavy was able to bounce back from a loss with a win and/or a quality start following 3 of his 5 losses.
In contrast to the veteran, Jake Peavy, St. Louis will send out another one of their young arms, Joe Kelly. The 25 year old has enjoyed an effective playoff run with the Cardinals during his sophomore year. In 3 starts the right hander has allowed 10 earned runs over 24 innings, allowing exactly a hit per inning. During the regular season, the Cardinal's game 3 starter received the bulk of his season starts during the second half. Over 12 starts, the righty threw 75 innings and posted a 1.91 ERA with a 1.35 WHIP.
While American League rules did not serve as an inconvenience to the Cardinal's offense, the Red Sox will need to figure out how to sustain their offensive attack despite loosing the DH spot. Subsequently John Farrell was given the option to start either Mike Napoli or David Ortiz at first base. Despite Napoli's plus defense and bat, Farrell announced friday that DH by trade, David Ortiz, will remain in the Red Sox line up. So far this series Ortiz has been the hottest hitter on the Red Sox, hitting two home runs over the first 2 World Series game. In addition to the the offensive changes, Farrell has also replaced the struggling Jonny Gomes with Daniel Nava in left field. Gomes has yet to get on base over his first 7 at bats of the World Series. Nava, on the other hand, already has collected a base hit in all but one of his starts this postseason. Additionally, Nava also boasts a very patient approach as opposed to the free swinging Jonny Gomes which will help inflate Kelly's pitch count.
The Red Sox and Cardinals will square off for the series lead starting at 8 pm on Saturday night.