“You couldn’t write a bad lineup. These guys are all stars,” La Russa said. “But just to play around and see what the different combinations are, someone has to hit seventh, eighth and ninth, and that’s a difficult thing with these guys.”
Manager Ron Washington expects to see the same pitcher again, and is confident there’ll be zero stage fright.
In a title matchup that’s getting more interesting with every game, Derek Holland put the emphasis back on pitching.
Mike Napoli was in the middle of almost everything that went wrong in the fourth inning for the Texas Rangers in a 16-7 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night.
Albert Pujols set a World Series record with 14 total bases in the Game 3 victory, plus tied records with 5 hits and 3 home runs.
Just three players have tried to steal with Lohse on the mound this season. The lone player to make it was Eric Fryer – a rookie catcher for Pittsburgh.
The Rangers were 52-29 at home this season; they went 44-37 on the road.
Josh Hamilton and Michael Young hit sacrifice flies in the ninth inning to give Texas the win after Allen Craig greeted reliever Alexi Ogando with a go-ahead single for the second straight night.
Tony La Russa called on his bullpen 28 times in the NL championship series, and St. Louis became the first team to win a postseason series without a starter reaching the sixth inning.