There is no question Game 3 of the World Series is a huge moment for the St. Louis Cardinals. It is a chance to continue building momentum after their big win in Game 2. In fact, a victory in the third game of the series could be enough to propel the Cardinals to another World Series title. In order for that to happen, who is one player in particular that must have an impact in order for the Cardinals to gain an edge over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night?
Catcher Yadier Molina has been rather quiet in the first two games of the World Series as he is batting .250 with just one RBI. In fact, he has not really done much at the plate during the postseason in general.
It is not as if Molina has lost his touch on offense. He had another great regular season in which he batted .310 with 12 home runs and a .359 on-base percentage. Not to mention, he posted career highs in RBI (80), doubles (44) and at-bats (505). For that reason, it is just a matter of time until he breaks out his bat and goes to work against the Red Sox.
Molina has only faced starter Jake Peavy a few times over the years. In 17 career at-bats against the right-hander, the 31-year-old has recorded just three hits with four strikeouts.
“I haven’t faced Peavy in many years,” Molina said, according to Cardinals.com. “He was nasty then. When I was younger, he was one of the pitchers I admired most.”
Molina actually faced Peavy last season in which he went 0-for-3 at the plate. Nonetheless, it will certainly be a thrill for him to go against one of his favorite players on baseball’s biggest stage.
Even though Molina has struggled against Peavy his entire career, baseball is a funny sport in which trends can break at the most opportune times. There is a good chance Molina has had Game 3 circled for the sole reason that he is excited for the chance to finally play well against Peavy. If that is the case, the Cardinals might be in for a real treat.