World Series: John Farrell managerial highs and lows Game 5
ST. LOUIS-manager John Farrell made two decisions that would have an impact on Game 5 for the Red Sox. He moved Dustin Pedroia into the two-hole and David Ortiz up to bat third in the absence of No. 2 hitter Shane Victorino. It's the same thing that Jim Leyland did with the Tigers in the ALCS when he took Austin Jackson out of leadoff and slid everyone else out. But it's a copycat league and the first manager to re-jig his lineup like this was Blue Jays' skipper John Gibbons after Jose Reyes was injured, just moving Melky Cabrera, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion up to 1-2-3.
"I feel like we need to lengthen out the lineup behind David," Farrell said. "We feel the more we can lengthen out and give ourselves chances up and down the lineup, that's where we're at today."
The other moves that is related to the Big Papi move to the three-hole, is that Shane Victorino sat out a second straight start because of his lower back tightness.
"Shane is much improved and probably could have started today," Farrell said. "So he's available at full capacity. The only question going into today was the duration in which he might be on the field. So rather than putting ourselves in a position where if we've got to make a move and force our hand to eliminate a player, this way we can use him at our discretion. So he's available."
Sometimes I feel like we need a Rosetta Stone for John Farrell pressers.
Farrell has also pretty much decided that David Ross will be his starting catcher for the remainder of the World Series, because of his superior defence and game-calling. He was in there behind the plate for Lester, as he has been for the second half of the season and came through with a big RBI double in the seventh inning.