Monday, October 21, 2013
Lester will start Game 1 of World Series
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell announced Monday that left-hander Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday night at Fenway Park.
Farrell said the final roster and other lineup and rotation decisions have not been finalized but expects to have everything in order by Tuesday afternoon. The manager did say veteran designated hitter David Ortiz will play first base when the series shifts to the National League park, but Farrell hasn’t determined how many games Ortiz will play. If Ortiz started at first base, it would send Mike Napoli to the bench.
“With David going to first base, which he will when we get to St. Louis, how many days he’ll play in those three days there remains to be seen,” Farrell said. “Losing the DH is different for us. Personally, when we go into National League ballparks we’re at a greater disadvantage than the reverse of that when the National League teams come in here.”
“It kind of stinks, but it’s what it is,” Napoli said of having to sit in St. Louis. “I understand the situation. [Ortiz] is going to play first base. But I’m pretty sure I’ll be in there late in the game for defense and maybe get an AB. It is what it is and we’ll deal with it.”
Also, it appears Farrell will stick with Jonny Gomes, who started Games 5 and 6 of the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers. Farrell called it a “hunch” for Game 6 and it proved a smart choice. Gomes produced with a leadoff double in the Sox’s four-run seventh inning.
“We haven’t made out Wednesday’s lineup, but can’t go away from a little bit of momentum that a certain lineup provided for us,” Farrell said. “Daniel Nava is certainly not forgotten, nor is any guy.”
Nava didn’t seem upset about the situation.
“I don’t think it’s a bad thing,” Nava said. “If it’s a problem, it’s a good problem to have. It’s like when you’re looking at ice cream. What’s your favorite ice cream? I’ve got two flavors, which one do you want? Is it bad I like both these flavors as much?
“Now, we are not ice cream but it’s the same thing, neither of them are bad and you can go out there with Jonny, you can put me in there and either way we’ve got an opportunity to help the team win.”
As far as Lester’s batterymate for Game 1, Farrell normally has David Ross behind the plate but the manager said he hasn’t decided.
If the Red Sox stick to the same rotation as the ALCS, Clay Buchholz would start Game 2, with John Lackey in Game 3 and Jake Peavy in Game 4.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced Adam Wainwright, a 19-game winner who was injured in 2011, and rookie Michael Wacha as the starting pitchers for Games 1 and 2, but didn't go further. Joe Kelly and Lance Lynn are likely to go in Games 3 and 4, given St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak anticipates rookie 15-game winner Shelby Miller will stay in the bullpen for emergency long relief duty.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.