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Cardinals will go with Joe Kelly for Game 3 of World Series

Oct 24, 2013, 6:58 PM EDT

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According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals have confirmed that Joe Kelly will start Game 3 of the World Series against the Red Sox on Saturday in St. Louis. He’ll square off against veteran right-hander Jake Peavy.

After posting a 2.69 ERA in 15 starts and 22 relief appearances during the regular season, Kelly has a 4.41 ERA and 13/6 K/BB ratio in 16 1/3 innings over three postseason starts. He hasn’t pitched since Game 5 of the NLCS last Wednesday, so he’ll be going on nine days’ rest.

As for who will start Game 4 on Sunday, well, that’s still up in the air. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny hasn’t ruled out using Adam Wainwright depending on how dire things might be. Lance Lynn is the alternative for the assignment.

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 24, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Have you become a pessimist D. J.? I noted the phrase “depending on how dire things might be”.

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:09 PM

      D.J. is a Mets fan. Pessimism is part of the job description these days.

  2. koufaxmitzvah - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Can’t spell Joe Kelly without J-O-K-E.

    • 18thstreet - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      Or jelly.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Oct 25, 2013 at 5:04 PM

        That’s it. I’m calling him Jelly Joke Kelly for the rest of his career.

    • gostlcards5 - Oct 25, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Well done, both of you. :)

  3. 18thstreet - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Kelly doesn’t strike out a ton of hitters. The Red Sox generally kill pitchers like that. And I can’t say that I’m impressed by the St. Louis defense for when the Sox do put it in play.

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