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Cardinals pregame notes: Making the best of flight delays; pitching to David Ortiz; a full St. Louis bullpen

10.30.13 at 7:50 pm ET

Considering that the Cardinals’€™ situation Tuesday ‘€” stuck on a tarmac for seven hours with some of the most important people in their lives, including no shortage of young children ‘€” would be some folks’€™ worst nightmare, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny was pleased with the way his team handled it.

‘€œImpressive, to be honest with you,’€ Matheny said. ‘€œI didn’€™t hear any complaining at all. Normally guys are, even if they’€™re just in jest, they’€™re still throwing some things out there, but we didn’€™t hear anything. But guys did what they do.

‘€œThey hung out with their families. They hung out with each other. There was a lot of fooling around going on. Guys were making the best of a situation they knew we didn’€™t have any control over.’€

Right-hander Joe Kelly, a likely candidate to start a potential Game 7, said the team made light of it all and kept themselves busy ‘€” watching each others’€™ kids, sitting around and chatting, killing time on Twitter. He enjoyed the ‘€œ#cardinalsplaneproblems‘€ hashtag in particular.

‘€œWe don’€™t want to do it all the time, but it wasn’€™t bad,’€ Kelly said. ‘€œIt’€™s very rare, and so you’€™ve got to take the fun in whatever situation you’€™re at and just try to roll with it.’€

Kelly’€™s biggest issue: When the Cardinals did get into Boston around 11 p.m., they had a hard time finding an open restaurant.


— It is no secret David Ortiz has given Cardinals pitching fits the last week. The designated hitter is batting .733 (11-for-15) with two doubles, two homers, four walks and six RBI through the first five games.

Matheny said the Cardinals’€™ approach to pitching to Ortiz depends not only on stats and gut feelings, but also how the game is developing. Even then, however, a game plan doesn’€™t always work out.

‘€œWe are going to be careful,’€ Matheny said. ‘€œWe haven’€™t made it any big secret, and sometimes when we’€™re doing that, it doesn’€™t even work out how we’€™re playing it.

‘€œIt’€™s a situation where you have a hitter that we know and everybody sees, he’€™s swinging the bat very well. ‘€¦ We’€™re going to use all the information we can get our hands on.’€

— According to Matheny, everyone except Adam Wainwright, who started Game 5 Monday, is available in the Cards bullpen.

— The hobbled Allen Craig is serving as the designated hitter and batting fourth now that the series has shifted back to an American League park. Craig, battling through a foot injury, had played first base in Game 5.

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