World Series Game 2: Cardinals (0-1) @ Red Sox (1-0)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The Cardinals would like to forget everything about Wednesday night’s debacle as they head back onto the field for Game 2 on Thursday. Separate the stage (which was as grand as it gets), I’m not sure the Cardinals played a more ragged game all season. Michael Wacha can do wonders to erase that sour taste, and the Cardinals are hopeful his special October ride continues without a bump.

The Game 1 storyline — which should have been how unCardinal-like the Cardinals played — took a turn this morning with speculation that Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester used a foreign substance to help get a grip on the ball last night. The story grew some legs on social media, though the Cardinals are adamant that this is a non issue. (story here).

The bigger story today should be Carlos Beltran — can he play? and if he does, how effective can he be? The Cardinals’ World Series hopes do no begin and end with one player, but losing Beltran or having him compromised is a significant blow to a team that has rallied around its right fielder this postseason.

UPDATE: After testing his swing taking swings in the indoor batting cage, Beltran gave the Cardinals a green light to start him tonight.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Matt Carpenter (2B)
  2. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Matt Adams (1B)
  5. Yadier Molina (C)
  6. Allen Craig (DH)
  7. David Freese (3B)
  8. Jon Jay (CF)
  9. Daniel Descalso (SS)

Pitcher: RHP Michael Wacha

RED SOX LINEUP:

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury (CF)
  2. Shane Victorino (RF)
  3. Dustin Pedroia (2B)
  4. David Ortiz (DH)
  5. Mike Napoli (1B)
  6. Jonny Gomes (LF)
  7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (C)
  8. Stephen Drew (SS)
  9. Xander Bogaerts (3B)

Pitcher: RHP John Lackey

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4 Comments

THE COMMISH WILL PUT THE KABOSH ON ANY CHEATING INQUIRIES BY EITHER TEAM.

Pat Courtney, a spokesperson for MLB, released this statement on Thursday: “We cannot draw any conclusions from this video.
This is a different stance and attitude than the umpires took when the overturned the call at second base where they said, “we just need to get the call right”. MLB should have confiscated and tested his glove IMMEDIATELY upon seeing these videos.

We need a shortstop!

Petey Kozmik can be pretty awesome in the field but so can a lot of kids in the Dominican. To have any liability or weakness in the lineup is ridiculous especially on the WS stage. He (and JonJay) rattled the Bosox with their derring-do baserunning play but I believe Petey woulda been out with a good throw. So that would total 2 errors and a rally-killing basepath blunder. As it was, it was a brilliant move and the reason the Cards won the game! But he can’t hit. Maybe Ozzie needs to tutor him in hitting!

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