MINNEAPOLIS, OCT. 18 -- In two games, St. Louis starting pitchers have allowed 12 runs on 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings, a slump that has hit at the worst of times.

This comes after their starters allowed 15 earned runs in 46 2/3 innings against the San Francisco Giants during the National League playoffs. In their last three Series games, dating back to Game 7 of the '85 Series, Cardinals starters have allowed 17 earned runs in nine innings (17.00 ERA). Blyleven Quick-Pitching?

Cardinals Manager Whitey Herzog was upset with home plate umpire Lee Weyer tonight because he thought Bert Blyleven was quick-pitching.

"In the umpires' meeting yesterday, the first thing they said was that pitchers must come to a set position," Herzog said. "If Peter Ueberroth, Bart Giamatti or Bobby Brown or any umpire on the field tonight will show me where Blyleven comes to a stop in the film room, I'll agree. But I don't think he comes to a stop." . . .

Rick Dempsey, 38, is here doing reports on the World Series for WJLA-TV-7, but he said this isn't yet the beginning of his next career. "I want to play another year," he said. "I'm going to start working out in a few weeks, and I'll try to catch on with someone."

He recently was released by the Cleveland Indians and says the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays have some interest. "I haven't given up on the Orioles bringing me back," he said. "They're going to need another {backup} catcher."

He hit .177 for the Indians, but played in only 60 games. "They gave up on me in a hurry," he said.

He said he hopes former Orioles general manager Hank Peters gets the top job in Cleveland "because then I could say I'd been released by the same general manager twice in the same year -- and from different teams. That would have to be some kind of record." . . .

Twins Manager Tom Kelly was asking around to find out what race track he could go to Monday afternoon in St. Louis. Watching and betting on horse racing appears to be one of his few escapes from the stadium, and he's also part-owner of a horse in New Jersey.

"I went on our off day in Detroit," he said, "and a guy came up and asked if I was Tom Kelly. He said, 'You probably want to be alone.' I said, yes, I did. He walked away and said, 'Good luck, you're going to need it.' "

After hitting that grand slam Saturday, Dan Gladden joked that he was considering round the bases with "flaps down" a` la San Francisco's Jeffrey Leonard. Kelly had a talk with Gladden about that today.

"I told him I didn't like that," Kelly said. "That was pretty stupid."

Gladden has a reputation as a bulldog of a player, but Kelly said: "He's a little puppy. He barks big, but you challenge him and he sits back down."But Can Straker Hit?

For the second straight year, the designated-hitter rule is being used in American League parks only. That means Minnesota's Les Straker will hit against John Tudor in Game 3 Tuesday night at Busch Stadium. In 11 pro seasons, it will be Straker's first at-bat.

Not that much will be expected of him. AL pitchers have batted .077 (10 for 130) in the Series since the introduction of the designated hitter in 1973. They're also in an even worse slump, having one hit in their last 83 at-bats. That figures to a .012 . . .

The Cardinals have lost five World Series game in a row. They've been outscored 37-7 and in the last three 29-5 . . . The last team to lose more than five straight Series games was the Dodgers, who lost six, the last four games of '78 and the first two of '81 . . . The Twins are the first team to score five or more runs in seven straight Series games . . . Twins catcher Tim Laudner, a .191 hitter during the regular season, had an RBI single and bases-empty homer in two of his three at-bats tonight. In postseason play, he has four hits in 20 at-bats, and all four have driven in runs . . .

The Twins' 18 runs is the fourth-highest total for Games 1 and 2. The Yankees scored 20 in the first two games of 1960.