The Boston Red Sox had Game 2 of the World Series won against the St. Louis Cardinals. Unfortunately, foolish errors resulted in a tough loss that left a bad taste in the mouth of the players. One way to remove the awful taste is to take Game 3 in St. Louis. In order to do that several players on the team will have to step up. However, who is one player in particular that must have an impact for the Red Sox?
Starting pitcher Jake Peavy was acquired in a trade by Boston on July 30 for the very reason he will face on Saturday night. The Red Sox needed an edge in the rotation and the hope is that Peavy will provide it. The right-hander will also look to rebound from a dismal performance after he gave up seven earned runs in just three innings against the Detroit Tigers in Game 4 of the ALCS.
It is easy to say that several of Boston’s sluggers need to be impact players. Obviously, David Ortiz needs to keep playing at a high level. With that being said, I believe Peavy is the key to success for the third game of the series. The reason it will be the case is because he has already proven that if he pitches well the Red Sox are successful.
The good news is Peavy is ready to shine. He understands how important his start is for the team.
“There are absolutely no excuses [Saturday] night,” Peavy said, according to RedSox.com. “This is what I lived my whole life for. I’m as prepared as I’ll ever be, physically and mentally.”
A loss in Game 3 could spell all sorts of trouble for Boston. For that reason, it is imperative that Peavy give the performance of a lifetime. The entire team is prepared to feed off his energy, which means he must do whatever it takes to give the Red Sox’s big hitters a chance to get after Joe Kelly.
Fun Fact: Peavy surrendered one earned run in seven innings in a loss in his only career appearance at Busch Stadium, which occurred in 2012.