Road to the World Series
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posted October 27, 7am
Red Sox (Derek Lowe) @ Cardinals (Jason Marquis)
WORLD SERIES, Game 4, 8pm ET
The World Series scene shifts to Busch Stadium in St. Louis with the Cardinals facing a must-win situation against Pedro Martinez--one of the American League's elite pitchers.
Since it's now American League ball versus National League ball, Game 3 also means the start of NL rules. As a result, Martinez will have to bat (something he did regularly while with the Montreal Expos from 1994-1997) in place of Kevin Millar--who will likely give way at first base to 'Papi', regular DH/sometimes first baseman David Ortiz. It also means former two-time Red Sox pitcher Jeff Suppan doesn't have to worry about the 'Green Monster' in left or 'Pesky's Pole' in right.
So far, the series has gone according to script for the Sox, despite shaky defense and a bad Game 1 outing by Tim Wakefield. The Cardinals batters need to come alive against Martinez, since the meat of the order (Larry Walker, Albert Pujols, Scott Rolen and Jim Edmonds) is a combined 8-for-32 with just one home run (Walker) and three RBIs, so far. They should feel more comfortable at home, but must find a way to even up the lopsided starter match-up. On a positive note, Martinez has become a six-inning pitcher lately so St. Louis should get to the Boston bullpen in Game 3.
However, will the 29-year-old Suppan continue his postseason mastery (2-1, 2.84 ERA, 10 hits, 7 BB, 11 K in 19 IP) in his team's most important game of the season?