The series returns to Fenway Park and Boston is up 3-2. St. Louis will have to win both games at Fenway, under hostile conditions, to become the 2013 World Series Champions. Tough order.
Meanwhile, Boston is one win away from “worst to first.”
Johnny Gomes’ 3-run HR was the big blow in Game Four Sunday night.
Jon Lester outduelled Adam Wainwright last night, 3-1, to win Game Five.
What I don’t understand is this… since when have pitchers turned into such wimps? I want to use another word, but you know what I mean.
David Ortiz is 11 for 15 in this World Series. But I see NO pitcher brushing him back off the plate. Meanwhile, there he is, with an elbow pad (as if the huge Ortiz needs it….hey, old-timers never used that), crowding the plate, and I NEVER see him brushed back. EVER. I’d like to see a fastball thrown at his ankles. Make him dance. Make him move his feet. Don’t let him get comfortable.
But I don’t see it. Instead, pitchers are wimps, let him dig in, and watch him go 11 for 15 against them.
Do you think Cardinals’ great Bob Gibson would have stood for that? Gibson would have knocked him down.
Which is what Cardinals’ pitchers should do in the next two games. Send a message. (Come to think of it, all AL pitchers should do it next year, including YANKEES pitchers). Make Ortiz uncomfortable. Come inside on him. Make him move.
Gibson would have done it, so too Drysdale, so too Early Wynn. All three of them are Hall-of-Famers. Even Sandy Koufax said “show me a pitcher who can’t pitch inside and I’ll show you a loser.”
I’m not advocating head-hunting. I’m not for that. But for crying out loud, can you hum one fastball aimed at his feet? Make him dance?
If not, expect to lose the World Series. And you’ll have asked for it.
It’s time for pitchers, not only St. Louis’ pitchers, to “grow a pair.”