Look, the Cards fielding was often terrible. Witness the debacle of Game One. And the team's 220 batting average in the series was anemic. But, a few things still need explaining. Number One: Why was Boston's David Ortiz even pitched to? Big Papi had a 688 World Series batting average and a 760 on-base percentage. Cards pitchers shouldn't have thrown anything to him closer than 15 feet. But manager Mike Matheny insisted they pitch to Ortiz. Why?
Number Two: Where was Shelby Miller? The kid had 15 wins in the season. He didn't pitch at all. Is there a reasonable explanation for this? Number three: When Lance Lynn was pitching the game of his life, which means not bad, Matheny pulled him for relief pitcher Seth Maness. Slam, bam, thank you Maness. The Red Sox score three runs and win the game. The thinking behind pulling Lynn was what?
Again, the Cardinals fielding was shoddy. They barely hit their weight. Which left only their pitching and that alone could only get them two wins. We understand all that. But, some of the decisions made by rookie manager Matheny were puzzling. Which is a polite way of saying they helped cost the team the title.
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