St. Louis Cardinals ace starter Adam Wainwright has a small platoon split, at least flying over it at 10,000 feet, and that might have led Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell into a mistake when writing up his lineup for Game One of the 2013 World Series. Farrell put Jonny Gomes in left field, over righty-mashing Daniel Nava, as he has done several times this postseason.

The other stories stemming from the release of the lineups:

  • Jon Jay, the Cardinals’ left-hitting center fielder who has had a tough October, gets a seat on the bench as the Sox send left-handed hurler Jon Lester. Shane Robinson gets the start in his stead. Robinson is an underrated player, a superior fielder to Jay, a fine controller of the strike zone. He’s not a star, but could be a sort of X-factor for the Cardinals in tonight’s tilt.
  • Xander Bogaerts starts at third base for Boston, to no one’s surprise. In a mild upset, though, he will bat seventh, ahead of Stephen Drew and David Ross. Bogaerts was one of the game’s top prospects at the beginning of the year, and is now establishing himself even as the playoffs unfold. He has three doubles and five walks in 11 plate appearances this month.
  • Ross gets the start over Jarrod Saltalamacchia. This has been standard-issue when Jon Lester has started. It’s an especially easy call, though, because Saltalamacchia’s strikeout rate—and the holes in his swing—have caught up to him during this run. It’ll be interesting to see if Ross can win himself any more starts, in non-Lester games, with solid play.

The whole picture:


  1. Matt Carpenter – 2B
  2. Carlos Beltran – RF
  3. Matt Holliday – LF
  4. Allen Craig – DH
  5. Yadier Molina – C
  6. David Freese – 3B
  7. Matt Adams – 1B
  8. Shane Robinson – CF
  9. Pete Kozma – SS

Red Sox

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury – CF
  2. Shane Victorino – RF
  3. Dustin Pedroia – 2B
  4. David Ortiz – DH
  5. Mike Napoli – 1B
  6. Jonny Gomes  – LF
  7. Xander Bogaerts – 3B
  8. Stephen Drew – SS
  9. David Ross – C
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