World Series Game 4: Red Sox (1-2) @ Cardinals (2-1)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Well, now that everyone has been well-versed in MLB rule 7.06, it’s time for Game 4 — a game that can make this a best-of-three series or put the Cardinals on the cusp of a 12th World Championship. If you want to revisit last night’s game, here is the gamestory, which puts everything into context and gives a lesson on obstruction.

For Cardinals fans, one nugget in that story that you will want to highlight is this: Of the last 12 teams to win Game 3 after in a 1-1 World Series, 11 have won a championship.

As for today and Allen Craig, manager Mike Matheny said he will not hesitate to send Craig back up to the plate to pinch-hit. The defensive work has been put on hold, but the Cardinals are ready to use Craig’s bat. He did have an X-ray on his foot to confirm that he does not have a fracture, and that came back negative. Craig did not participate in batting practice this afternoon.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Matt Carpenter (2B)
  2. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Matt Adams (1B)
  5. Yadier Molina (C)
  6. Jon Jay (CF)
  7. David Freese (3B)
  8. Daniel Descalso (SS)
  9. Lance Lynn (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. Stephen Drew (SS)
  8. David Ross (C)
  9. Clay Buchholz (RHP)

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7 Comments

Has anyone challenged Matheny o why he would not pinch tn for Craig after the double? A starter unlikely to be used in extra innings for instance? Unbelievable that he would risk reinjuring the foot by leaving him in any such circumstances.

Has anyone challenged Matheny on why he did not pinch run for Craig after the double? A starter unlikely to be used in extra innings for instance? Unbelievable that he would risk reinjuring the foot by leaving Craig in given his condition.

Jenifer, Game Three is history. Overall, this has been an untidy WS, with lots of mental & physical mistakes. Matheny managed Game Two brilliantly and his team executed the tactics well. If Lance Lynn is on tonight the Cardinals have a good chance at taking a 3-1 lead in games. C. Martinez and Rosenthal need a break, so he would serve his team best by going long and hard. Buchholz is overrated and his tactics are suspicious for bent rules. Most of the pitching has been good for both teams but I believe St Louis holds the advantage. If they keep Boston sluggers from blasting home runs they have the upper hand.

Gee, Bob, I guess not. I would suppose he wanted to leave his best clutch hitter in the game. The runner at third was the only one that counted. If Yadi scores, game over. If Craig became the runner at third, then maybe a substitute. As it turned out, he barely got to third and didn’t spend much time there. Just one reason to love baseball!

Dear Beloved Cardinals of 2013,
I was 7 years old when I became a Cards fan in Oklahoma in 1964. I have been there in the championship years and the lean years. I’ve seen brilliant moves like when we traded for Brock and the heartbreaking moves like when we gave Carlton and McCarver away.
Why, why, why are my current World Series Cardinals taking so many called strikes??????? Sometimes the first pitch is the best one that you’ll see and, aside from Yadi, very few swing at them. (You only get three guys!!) And how many times this Series have WE been called out on strikes and then want to argue about it. I’ve been watching baseball for fifty years and still haven’t seen an umpire reverse his strike call. (“Oh, I’m sorry Matt, you’re so right. It just barely hit the inside corner. Let me change that to a ball.”) Take a tip from Little League guys, YOU HAVE TO PROTECT THE PLATE WHEN THERE ARE TWO STRIKES!!!!!! You can’t win if you just stand there and then go sit back down on the bench.
Please, please, please, start swinging the bat. I think that you’ll be surprised at the results.
A 50-year Cardinal Fan
Ray McCartney

How about scoring a run from third with less than two outs,just once in this series.
No Sox help this time.

I am also a long time Cardinal fan(60 years). Cannot believe we take the first pitch, get behind in count, then strike out. Freeze just stuck out trying to hold up. Descalso took three straight strikes and never took the bat off his shoulder. Never saw so many called third strikes. Sad!!! Boston is making us look like we could’t hit our way out of a paper bag. Yea we scored a run. Finally getting agreeeive. TOOO little to late.

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