MINNEAPOLIS, OCT. 23 -- As temperatures dropped near 30 degrees and weather forecasts called for snow flurries tonight, the man in the red crew cut stood firm.

"Nope," St. Louis Cardinals Manager Whitey Herzog said, "I still wish the roof wasn't on this place."

He was standing in a basement room of the Metrodome talking to reporters. He was the only Cardinal to come near the place. As he had said he would after watching the Cardinals get mugged twice here last weekend, he gave his players the day off, telling them to take their wives to dinner, watch TV or do whatever they pleased.

They had worked out here twice before Games 1 and 2 of the World Series and the result was two losses by the combined score of 18-5. This time, Herzog told his players to forget the Metrodome until Game 6 begins Saturday at 4 p.m. (EDT).

"When you work out in there, the seats are blue and the place is dark," he said. "When the game is on, the seats are full of white hankies and the ceiling is bright. So any adjustment you think you made in a workout is out the window. But we'll be all right in there this time."

Leading the best-of-seven series by 3-2, the Cardinals will go for their 10th championship Saturday when they send their ace, John Tudor, against rookie Les Straker. If the pitching matchup says the Cardinals will win, so do the history books.

In 84 years of World Series play, no team has taken the trophy home without winning a Series game on the road. Yet in this weirdest of World Series, with radically different teams playing in radically different ballparks, anything appears possible.

In the first five games, the visiting team has yet to win, and, if the results are surprising, the method is staggering. The Twins turned the Cardinals every way but loose in Games 1 and 2, out-homering them by 4-0 and looking virtually unbeatable.

When the Series moved to St. Louis, Herzog predicted the larger park would take away some Twins home runs. He said, too, that the Cardinals might do better than five runs when they got back to a place that puts a premium on speed, defense and contact hitters.

It did. The Cardinals swept those three games and were as dominant in Busch Stadium as the Twins had been in the Metrodome. They outscored the Twins by 14-7, stole eight bases and held them to one homer. Only five of their 29 hits went for extra bases, but they still scored seven earned runs in 9 1/3 innings off Minnesota aces Frank Viola and Bert Blyleven.

Now, the question for the Cardinals is: Can we win here?

For the Twins, it's: Can we win two more here, adding to an already awesome (60-25) home record?

"I think we're happy to be home in our park," Twins catcher Tim Laudner understated. "We're going to pack the place tomorrow, and the adrenaline will get going. Our guys are going to be excited. We'll be ready."

Twins Manager Tom Kelly said he would meet briefly with his team Saturday to talk about the Cardinals' running game that stole five bases in Thursday's 4-2 victory.

"There have been a few guys carried away with holding the ball or throwing over so much, they ended up balking or whatnot," he said. "We're just going to remind them that they have to get the guy at the plate. {Vince} Coleman {six steals, five runs} steals second about 80 percent of the time, so you're probably not going to throw him out anyway. We want to remind our pitchers about going after the guy at the plate no matter what the guy on base is doing."

A problem that a team meeting might not fix concerns the Twins' hitting. They're batting .235 as a team, and the big four in the order -- Kirby Puckett, Gary Gaetti, Tom Brunansky and Kent Hrbek -- are hitting .230 with one homer and seven RBI.

"Tudor and {Danny} Cox just nullified our whole attack," Kelly said.

Part of the Cardinals' scouting report on Hrbek is that when he's hot he'll hit anything. Conversely, when he's not, he won't hit anything.

He has always gone through bad stretches, and his timing for this one isn't good. He's hitting .189 with three RBI in 10 postseason games and .235 with two RBI and no home runs in the Series. In the three games at St. Louis, he went zero for seven and left six runners on base against left-handers.

In Game 6, they'll try to break out of their slump against Tudor, arguably the game's best left-hander who allowed them one run in seven innings of Game 3. He's 49-20 in regular season and postseason play since the Cardinals acquired him three years ago and may be one more victory away from being a World Series MVP.

"You've got to get to him early and often," Laudner said.

Still, the intriguing part is what a change in stadiums will do to the offenses. Herzog has said the two clubs are so tailored to their own parks that they might finish last if each played in the other's stadium.

"Any time you play someone five times, you learn some things about them," he said. "We've learned how to pitch them, and I'm sure they've learned something about how to pitch us. You'd have to be pretty dumb not to. Basically, I think that in our park we're able to take their opposite-field power away."

Likewise, Kelly said he doesn't believe the Cardinals' running game will be as effective in a smaller stadium. But pressure could be a factor. The Cardinals blew a 3-1 lead in the '85 World Series, and, as outfielder Curt Ford said, "We're going for the big diamonds on our rings. We've already got the small ones."

The Twins, virtually postseason rookies, know this. "Our backs are as close to the wall as they can get," Hrbek said.

If attitude means anything, the Cardinals might have another advantage. Herzog strolled into a news conference this afternoon cracking jokes and laughing. Kelly was, as always, tight-lipped and grim-faced.

Asked if he hadn't become sick and tired of attending World Series news conferences -- one of the prices managers pay for being able to participate in the things -- he nodded.

"I guess that's true," he said.