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Saturday’s Red Sox-Cardinals World Series Game 3 matchups: Jake Peavy vs. Joe Kelly

10.26.13 at 9:14 am ET
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The Red Sox will look to take a 2-1 series lead on Saturday night in St. Louis, as they face off against the Cardinals in Game 3 at Busch Stadium.

Jake Peavy will get the call for Boston in the first World Series start of his career, while 25-year-old Joe Kelly gets the nod for St. Louis.

Playing in front of their fans should provide a huge boost for the Cardinals, as they posted the second-best home record in baseball this season at 54-27. The switch to a National League ballpark obviously will have a big impact on the Sox lineup, as manager John Farrell announced that David Ortiz will start at first base over Mike Napoli in Game 3.

Peavy (12-5, 4.17 ERA) originally was slated to pitch in Sunday’s Game 4, but he was pushed up one day in order to give Clay Buchholz, who is battling a case of fatigue in his throwing shoulder, another day of rest.

Peavy will be looking to rebound from his previous postseason start, as the 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner was shelled by the Tigers in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.

In that game, Peavy only lasted three innings, surrendering seven earned runs on five hits on what ended up being a 7-3 Detroit win. It was a far cry from Peavy’s earlier postseason start, as he only allowed one run over 5 1/3 innings during Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Rays.

‘€œEverything is fixed, fixable. It wasn’€™t too much to read into it, really,’€ Peavy said Friday. ‘€œJust a small, small adjustment ‘€¦ can make all the difference in the world. And there’€™s absolutely no excuses tomorrow night. This is what I’€™ve lived for my whole life is to — my whole baseball career, I should say, to have this opportunity to go out there on the biggest stage and have a chance to help your team win a World Series game and a World Series title. I’€™m as prepared as I’€™ll ever be, physically, mentally, and we’€™ll go out there tomorrow night and see if we can execute pitch by pitch, and find a way to win.’€

In his career against the Cardinals, Peavy is 3-4 with a 2.97 ERA. The last time that Peavy won against St. Louis was on Aug. 7, 2007, when he was a member of the Padres.

Peavy and the Sox will have a tough test with Kelly (10-5, 2.69 ERA), who has solidified the back end of the Cardinals rotation this season.

Kelly already has started in three postseason games this year, posting a 0-1 record with a 4.41 ERA. Like Peavy, Kelly is coming off of a postseason loss, as he surrendered four runs in five innings against the Dodgers, losing Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, 6-4.

While Kelly  has posted a career ERA of 3.08, he has struggled against left-handed batters, as they have compiled a .278 batting average and a .736 OPS, (82 points higher than right-handed batters(.654).

Kelly, who is only in his second year in the majors, has never faced Boston in his career.

Red Sox vs. Kelly (RHP) 

Stephen Drew (3 plate appearances): .333 BA/.333 OBP/1.000 SLG, 1 triple, 1 strikeout

Shane Victorino (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 walk

No other Red Sox batters have faced Kelly.

Cardinals vs. Peavy (RHP)

Matt Holliday (38 plate appearances): .286 BA/.474 OBP/.393 SLG, 1 home run, 10 walks

Carlos Beltran (25): .400/.480/.800, 1 home run, 6 RBIs

Yadier Molina (22): .182/.182/.182, 1 RBI, 5 strikeouts

Daniel Descalso (3): .000/.000/.000

David Freese (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 single, 1 strikeout

Shane Robinson (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

Matt Adams, Matt Carpenter, Adron Chambers, Tony Cruz, Jon Jay, Pete Kozma and Kolten Wong have not faced Peavy.

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