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World Series Game 1: Cardinals at Red Sox

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 23, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

CARDINALS
Matt Carpenter 2B
Carlos Beltran RF
Matt Holliday LF
Allen Craig DH
Yadier Molina C
David Freese 3B
Matt Adams 1B
Shane Robinson CF
Pete Kozma SS

RHP Adam Wainwright (2-1, 1.57 ERA in the postseason)

RED SOX
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Shane Victorino RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Jonny Gomes LF
Xander Bogaerts 3B
Stephen Drew SS
David Ross C

LHP Jon Lester (2-1, 2.33 ERA in the postseason)

TIME/TV: 8:07 p.m. ET, FOX

ROSTER CHANGES:
The Red Sox roster is unchanged from the ALCS, but the Cardinals have activated cleanup hitter Allen Craig from the disabled list. Craig has been out since September 4 with a foot injury, and it’s still unclear whether he’ll be allowed to play first base when the series shifts to St. Louis. He’s replaced fifth outfielder Adron Chambers on the roster.

IT’S ALL POLITICAL: The governors of Missouri and Massachusetts have placed bets on the series. If the Red Sox win, Governor Jay Nixon will donate Cardinal Cream Soda from Fitz’s Bottling Company, a box of chocolates from Bissinger’s Chocolates, and Italian baked goods from Missouri Baking Company. If the Cardinal’s win, Governor Deval Patrick will donate New England Clam Chowder from Legal Sea Foods, various drinks from Polar Beverages, and baked goods from Dancing Deer Bakery Co.

YOUTH MOVEMENT: Nice story from Tyler Kepner about the change of front-office approach in St. Louis, where the team went from aggressively trading to fill roster holes to focusing on player development. It’s resulted in a largely home-grown roster full of young impact players. Of course, Boston has its own homegrown core — Lester, Pedroia, Buchholz, Ellsbury — along with newcomer Xander Bogaerts, the youngest player to start a World Series game since Miguel Cabrera in 2003.

BUCHHOLZ HURTING: Clay Buchholz will start either Game 3 or Game 4, but manager John Farrell acknowledges he’s not 100 percent healthy.

TALK AMONGST YOURSELVES: I’m guessing some folks will want some space to talk about these games, so I’m going to try to have a game post up for each game of the World Series. Just an attempt to give the comments section a natural place for discussion. If you’d rather talk Yankees, that’s obviously fine.

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