Top stats to know: World Series Game 3

The St. Louis Cardinals evened the World Series with the Boston Red Sox at one game apiece as the series turns to St. Louis. Here are the top stats to know as we approach Game 3 on Saturday:

Jake Peavy stats to know

Peavy is coming off one of the worst starts of his career, one in which he allowed seven runs in three innings in a loss to the Tigers in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. Peavy enters this start with a 10.31 ERA in 18⅓ career postseason innings.

If Peavy allows seven or more runs again, he’ll be the second pitcher in postseason history to allow seven runs in consecutive starts, joining Hall of Famer Mordecai Brown, who did so 103 years ago for the Cubs against the Athletics in the 1910 World Series.

Carlos Beltran should look forward to facing Peavy. He’s 8-for-20 against him. In their last meeting on June 13, 2012, Beltran went 3-for-3 with a home run against Peavy.

Joe Kelly stats to know

Kelly has allowed eight earned runs in 16⅓ innings in three postseason starts, without a win to show for his work.

The loss of Mike Napoli

With no designated hitter in play for the next three games in St. Louis, Napoli will move to the bench with David Ortiz stepping in at first base. The loss of Napoli doesn’t just impact the Red Sox on the offensive end, but on the defensive side as well.

Napoli was credited with 10 defensive runs saved during the regular season, the most among American League first basemen in 2013 and fourth-best in the majors. Specifically, Napoli rated above average at fielding balls hit down the first base line, converting them into outs at a higher rate than most first basemen.

Ortiz has played 39 innings at first base this season, 104 innings at first base over the last three seasons, and has been credited with costing his team two runs with his defensive play.

The Red Sox were 79-52 in the regular season when Napoli started, and 18-13 when he didn’t start.

Red Sox bullpen historically good

Lowest Bullpen ERA in Postseason History
Minimum 30 IP

The Red Sox bullpen has an ERA of 1.00 this postseason, which is second all-time among bullpens that have pitched at least 30 innings in a postseason.

Ortiz going deep

Ortiz has two home runs in the first two games of this series. With one more homer, he would join Carl Yastrzemski -- who did it in 1967 -- as the only Red Sox with three home runs in a single World Series.

Ortiz has five homers this postseason, tied with himself in 2004 and Todd Walker in 2003 for the most home runs by a Red Sox player in a single postseason.

How important is Game 3?

In the divisional era (since 1969), the Game 3 winner in a World Series tied 1-1 has won 16 of the 18 series, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. In that span, the only Game 3 winners in a World Series tied 1-1 to lose the series that year were the 2003 Yankees and 1979 Orioles.