The addition of Allen Craig to the St. Louis Cardinals World Series roster sure makes me feel a lot better about the Redbirds' chances in the fall classic.
Craig is a .315 hitter who nearly drove in 100 runs even though he missed the last month of the season. So he'd be a big addition even if he could only pinch hit. But, since the majority of the World Series games are to be played in an American League park, it will benefit the Cardinals to be able to use him as designated hitter.
The Birds managed to make it through the first two rounds of the post season with the weakest bench of the playoff qualifiers. That wasn't going to work well in designated hitter games. Who was going to be the St. Louis DH? Daniel Descalso with a .238 average and five homers? Shane Robinson who hit .250 with two homers? Kolten Wong who hit .153 with none?
The Cardinals at times have struggled to score runs in the post season. Another guy who gets one base, scores runs and drives them in could be the difference if the Redbirds and the Red Sox get into some serious pitchers duels.
In their previous three World Series appearances things seem to go one of two ways for the Cardinals: Either they play well in the run up to the Fall Classic and then fall victim to injuries like they did when Chris Carpenter went down in 2004. Or they catch fire at the right time and storm to the finish line like they did in 2006 and 2011.
I'm hoping for the latter.