With the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals tied one a piece, let’s play a little game I like to call “Fact or Fiction.”
Jake Peavy will pitch deep into the game
Coming off a terrible start against the Detroit Tigers, Peavy should be ready to roll against a team he’s faced many times in his career, but that doesn’t correlate to pitching into the 7th and 8th innings. This is Peavy’s first start in a World Series, and if you thought he was amped up his last time out, I’m scared to think what this time around will look like.
Deep into the game is a lot to ask of a guy on the road. I see him giving the Sox a solid 5 innings and being in good position for a win if the bullpen can bounce back.
David Ortiz will hurt the Red Sox at 1B
In Ortiz’s last 32 starts at 1B, he has committed just one error. So if you’re interested in numbers, that’s 224 total chances since 2007 with a minuscule one mistake, I’ll take my chances with that.
I’m not underestimating the value of Napoli either. He played a great 1B all season long, and has made some incredible scoops at some critical junctures in games, but do I think there’s a huge drop off between the two gloves? No.
The Cardinals bullpen will shut down the Sox
We saw just how deadly a guy like Carlos Martinez or, “Little Pedro” could be out of the ‘pen for St. Louis. He gave them two really strong innings, resulting in Sox hitters looking overmatched. If I noticed it, then I’m fairly certain Mike Matheny caught on as well, so I’d expect Martinez to be the guy to pitch when the game is on the line.
Not to mention some guy named Trevor Rosenthal is patiently waiting for the 9th.
Neither side will commit an error
The first two games of the series have been decided by who played a cleaner game. It’s surprisingly gotten a little sloppy at times, which is unusual for both clubs. The World Series jitters are over so I don’t anticipate more of the same.
If both sides can play good, clean, baseball, we may finally see the type of series everybody was hoping for.