Shift to St. Louis expected to put David Ortiz on the bench

Posted by Scott Wuerz on October 25, 2013 

Coming home to Busch Stadium could be a huge advantage for the St. Louis Cardinals this weekend.

In addition to the fact that the Redbirds are tough to beat on their home field, St. Louis could face a big advantage by idling Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz when playing under National League rules.

Boston manager John Farrell said he expects to come off the bench during the games at Busch Stadium.

Ortiz hit a go-ahead two run homer in Game 2 to temporarily put Boston ahead in a contest the Cardinals eventually won 4-2. He just missed hitting a grand slam in Game 1. He's hitting .667 in the early going of the World Series.

Mike Napoli, familiar to Cardinals fans as a member of the Rangers when the Redbirds played Texas in the 2011 World Series, has played first base in games when Ortiz serves as designated hitter. Although Ortiz has played some first base in his career, he's not very good with the glove. That factor apparently swayed Farrell.

Napoli is hitting .250 with no homers and three RBI after two games of the World Series.

Either way, one of Boston's two most imposing sluggers is going to have to ride the pine thanks to the fact that the pitchers bat in the National League. 

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