Oct 27, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew drives in a run with a sacrifice fly against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fifth inning during game four of the MLB baseball World Series at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: H.Darr Beiser-USA TODAY Sports
Amidst the dry logic of a statistically driven game, the 2013 World Series has presented fans with all the logic of a riot. Yes, Michael Wacha has been as advertised and Jon Lester has returned to his form of yesteryear that earned him the monicker ace.
But we also have David Ortz batting seven thousand something (OK , highly illogical Spock, but nevertheless my point is made – Ortiz is KILLING it with .733 average and an other worldly 2.017 OBP) and a rookie in Xander Bogarts whose star we are seeing rising by the game. He’s batting .294 with a .728 OBP while playing a more than serviceable third base and making some things happen in critical situations. We’ve seen a game that ended on an obstruction call and a pick off at first base – back-to-back!
Allow me to inject more insane logic into this particular brand of baseball stew. Stephen Drew is going to play a key role in Boston’s offense tonight. Why do I say this? Statistics my friend. Drew is a streaky hitter and has been on a wretched 4-50 (.080) postseason skid. Last night he made solid contact twice. Michael Wacha or any other Cardinal pitcher should not be going to sleep on Drew tonight. Although you’d never outwardly see it – he is, after all, JD’s kid brother – he’s pissed and someone is gonna pay tonight in the crucial situation. In short, Stephen Drew is due and tonight’s the night. It’s been that kind of series.
If I’m wrong so be it. Just as long as we aren’t looking a game seven in the face at the end of the night. Sox!!!!!!!!!