World Series Game 3: Red Sox (1-1) @ Cardinals (1-1)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The Cardinals were able to garner a split in Boston and now prepare for three straight at Busch Stadium, where they are 5-1 this postseason and 26-6 since Aug. 11. The loss of the DH means no Allen Craig for the Cardinals and no Mike Napoli for the Red Sox. But the Cardinals continue to work Craig in the field with their eyes set on Game 5, when Boston will next send a lefty to the mound. It would be an ideal time to plug Craig back into the starting lineup.

In the meantime, Craig has done enough defensive work over the past two days to make the Cardinals comfortable using him as a late-game defensive substitution at first base or in the outfield tonight. And obviously, he’ll be a key bat on manager Mike Matheny’s bench.

There are still three hours until first pitch, so let me recommend some reading as you search for a way to pass the time. There was some exceptional content (and I can brag because I didn’t write most of it) on cardinals.com yesterday that is worth your time:

  • Where do the Cardinals get all this young pitching talent? Brewers beat writer Adam McCalvy went in search of answers … and the pitching tree. (story)
  • What the Cardinals are now is all a nod to the vision Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. had a decade ago. A look at how DeWitt’s guidance has made this organization the envy of so many others. (story)
  • Columnist Anthony Castrovince writes about the impact Chris Carpenter has had on this team despite not throwing a pitch all season. (story)
  • If you found yourself wondering how 18 teams passed on Michael Wacha before he was picked in the 2012 Draft, you’re not alone. MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo found the answers. (story)
  • Columnist Mike Bauman explains the origin and identifies the torchbearers of the Cardinal Way (story).
  • Without the contributions of Shelby Miller and Edward Mujica this season, the Cardinals likely don’t win the NL Central. How both players are now handling non-usage in October. (story)
  • MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez looks at how childhood friends Carlos Beltran and Edgar Perez took different paths from the same Puerto Rican town to the World Series. (story)
  • Jokester Joe Kelly remaining loose as he prepares for his Game 3 start. (story)

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Matt Carpenter (2B)
  2. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Matt Adams (1B)
  5. Yadier Molina (C)
  6. David Freese (3B)
  7. Jon Jay (CF)
  8. Pete Kozma (SS)
  9. Joe Kelly (RHP)

RED SOX LINEUP:

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury (CF)
  2. Shane Victorino (RF)
  3. Dustin Pedroia (2B)
  4. David Ortiz (1B)
  5. Daniel Nava (LF)
  6. Xander Bogaerts (3B)
  7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (C)
  8. Stephen Drew (SS)
  9. Jake Peavy (RHP)

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