ST. LOUIS, OCT. 19 -- The day dawned foggy and drizzly and cool and hadn't improved much by the time St. Louis Manager Whitey Herzog stepped out of his car at Busch Stadium.

Oh, what a beautiful morning.

The Cardinals and the 1987 World Series will move back outside in Game 3 Tuesday night, and not a minute too soon for the Cardinals, who were trounced by the combined score of 18-5 by the Minnesota Twins in Games 1 and 2 this weekend.

"That's some home-field advantage they have up there," Herzog said. "That's at least the home-field advantage the Giants have in Candlestick Park."

Now, trailing the Series by 2-0, the Cardinals have a chance to come up for air in Games 3, 4 and 5, which will be played in front of their fans and their Clydesdales.

Not that they're under any illusions. Those back-to-back defeats in Minneapolis reduced their margin of error to almost nothing. Worse, it must have rattled their psyche, having watched starting pitchers Danny Cox and Joe Magrane allow 12 earned runs in 6 2/3 innings.

"They kicked our butts," Cox said. "They haven't done anything wrong yet. They're playing good, solid baseball right now. They've got the momentum going and we have to do something to turn it around. Tuesday's a different day. We didn't get here {to the Series} by getting beat, 10-1 and 8-4."

The Cardinals will send left-hander John Tudor, their ace, to face rookie Les Straker in Game 3. Tudor has a 1.76 earned run average in two postseason starts, and the Cardinals, who've hit .212 and gotten just two extra-base hits, need him at his best.

"It just means we can't afford to lose one at home now," Cardinals second baseman Tommy Herr said. "If we'd have gotten a split in Minnesota, we'd have had the luxury."

Meanwhile, the Twins rolled into St. Louis looking and sounding like a loose, confident team.

"It's really a beautiful park," Twins Manager Tom Kelly said. "We just came out today to get used to it. We wanted to take some ground balls and break a sweat. It's not that big of a deal since the {artificial} turf is similar to what we have in the Dome. So all we want to do is break a sweat and run around a bit. We have some pitchers who need to throw on the side."

If ever there was a team that has magnified what a decent team can do in a best-of-seven series, it's the Twins. They won the American League West with only 85 victories, the fifth-most in the AL. They won it despite giving up more runs than they scored, despite a 4.63 ERA and despite what amounts to a two-man pitching rotation. (They were 45-28 in games started by Bert Blyleven or Frank Viola, but 40-49 when anyone else started.)

No one has called the Twins great. But in a best-of-seven series, with two scheduled off days, the Twins might be able to get by. Tuesday will be their eighth postseason game, and of the first seven, six have been started by Blyleven or Viola.

Also, in seven games, they've been able to stick with their two-man bullpen of Jeff Reardon and Juan Berenguer. Dan Schatzeder and Keith Atherton have pitched 5 2/3 innings between them; Joe Niekro and George Frazier haven't even gotten up.

"When you have two starting pitchers and two off days, that's a hell of an advantage," Herzog said. "I don't think they could win the AL East as they're constituted. I don't think they could win the NL East as they're constituted. . . . Over a 162-game schedule, they might finish 15 games behind Detroit."

Herzog has long advocated the World Series be moved to one site, say, the Superdome. The Series would begin on Monday and end on Sunday, and there'd be no off days.

"It would be the great spectacle in sports," he said. "Like this, it's not a true test. You use five of your nine pitchers. That's not a true test."

Kelly didn't dispute Herzog's assessment, saying, "That's probably true. I don't care to bother myself to think about it. It's set up as a seven-game series, and you just try to win four."

Straker, 28, will be making his second postseason start. His other one wasn't a good one. He lasted 2 2/3 innings against Detroit in Game 3 of the AL playoffs and allowed five earned runs. Control was his biggest problem that day as he walked four and was constantly behind others.

"I tried to be too fine," Straker said. "I'm glad that Tom Kelly has confidence in me. It means a lot. I have to throw strikes. They have a fast club, and I have to keep them off the bases and not get behind in the count."

Tudor will be making his first Series start since 1985's Game 7 when he allowed seven runs in three innings and got the loss.

"I stunk," Tudor said. "It's as simple as that. Even if I had won the seventh game then, we would want to win now. It's a key game for us, but in the World Series, every game is a key game. You just can't afford to lose and give the other team momentum. I would pitch the same no matter what happens the first two games."

He's going to have to be just about perfect to help an offense that is batting .212 and slugging .242 after two games. They expected problems with Jack Clark out and with Terry Pendleton able to hit only left-handed, but they also expected more from the top of their order.

However, Vince Coleman, Ozzie Smith and Tommy Herr are a combined two for 24, so their best weapon -- speed -- hasn't been a factor. Almost to a man, the Cardinals say they found the noise of the Metrodome disconcerting and that they're glad to be out of there. But they also have to win there at least once to win a championship.

"At one point, I would have been happy not to have to go back there," Herzog said. "Now, I hope I see it again. I would hope it's not over before we get a chance to win there. I've never seen it like I did in Minneapolis. It was constant noise with people screaming and cheering all the time. . . . But we ain't done yet. We might win it yet.