BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox still aren’t sure whether right-hander Clay Buchholz, who started Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, will start Game 3 of the World Series when it moves to St. Louis on Saturday.
Manager John Farrell said he expects Jake Peavy and Buchholz to pitch the two games over the weekend at Busch Stadium, but in what order he could not say. He said the decision won’t be made until after right-hander John Lackey pitches Game 2 on Thursday.
“We have yet to determine whether Peavy is in Game 4 or Game 3,” Farrell said. “Some of that will be determined on how we see the style of John Lackey go up against this team tomorrow night.”
Buchholz, who missed three months of the season with a shoulder problem, made four September starts after he returned, posting a 1.88 ERA and allowing opposing hitters a .217 average. But his three postseason starts have yielded a 5.40 ERA and a .284 average against.
Peavy, acquired in a July trade from the Chicago White Sox, pitched effectively in the division series against Tampa Bay — allowing one run in 52 / 3 innings as the Red Sox clinched Game 4 — but was tagged for seven runs in just three innings against Detroit in the ALCS.
The Red Sox maintain Buchholz is not suffering any lasting effects from the injury. However, they did put left-hander Felix Doubront — who posted a 3.87 ERA in 27 starts (he also made two relief appearances) — through a three-inning simulated game Tuesday. Doubront, who has never made a postseason appearance, last pitched Sept. 29, when he gave up five runs in a relief appearance during Boston’s season-ending series in Baltimore.
Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran suffered bruised ribs when he ran into the bullpen wall in the second inning, ending up at a local hospital for tests. St. Louis General Manager John Mozeliak said after the game that both a CT scan and an X-ray came back negative.
“We’ll see how he feels tomorrow, but right now he basically has a severe rib bruise,” Mozeliak said. “. . . Based on how he feels and what the trainers are telling me, we are somewhat optimistic.”
Beltran was playing in his first World Series game. He went back on David Ortiz’s bases-loaded drive and caught it before it sailed into the bullpen, but hit the wall hard with his right side. . . .
Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday played in a World Series at Fenway Park not with St. Louis but back in 2007, when he was the Colorado Rockies’ best hitter.
“I’m not really the sentimental type,” Holliday said. “I just remember it was loud and they were into every pitch.”
He remembers, too, that he was involved in a play that may have been as pivotal as any in Boston’s sweep. With two outs in the eighth inning of Game 2, a game the Red Sox led 2-1, Jonathan Papelbon, then the Red Sox closer, picked Holliday off first base with the accomplished Todd Helton at the plate. The Red Sox won the game by that score and sailed to Colorado, where they finished their second championship in four years.