Descalso and Jay in line up for Game 6

Descalso and Jay in line up for Game 6

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Daniel Descalso #33 of the St. Louis Cardinals field the ball against the Boston Red Sox during Game Four of the 2013 World Series at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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by Doug Vaughn, BaseballStL

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Posted on October 30, 2013 at 3:33 PM

(BaseballStL) -- Mike Matheny has decided to load up his lineup with as many lefthanded hitters as possible for tonight's Game 6 of the World Series. Jon Jay gets the start in centerfield over Shane Robinson, and Daniel Descalso will be at shortstop over Pete Kozma.

The Cardinals are desperate to get their offense going, and Matheny believes Jay and Descalso offer the best hope for bottom of the lineup run production against Boston starting pitcher John Lackey.

Here are the starting lineups:

Cardinals

M Carpenter 2b
C Beltran rf
M Holliday lf
A Craig dh
Y Molina c
M Adams 1b
D Freese 3b
J Jay cf
D Descalso ss
M Wacha p

 

Red Sox

J Ellsbury cf
D Pedroia 2b
D Ortiz dh
M Napoli 1b
J Gomes lf
S Victorino rf
X Bogaerts 3b
S Drew ss
J Lackey sp

The Red Sox will be trying to clinch the World Series at home for the first time since 1918. Babe Ruth was Boston's best pitcher in that series against the Chicago Cubs, winning Games 1 and 4 and posting a 1.06 ERA. The Red Sox scored only nine runs in the series, the fewest ever for World Series champion.

There was a hint of scandal in that series. Eddie Cicotte, one of the infamous 1919 Chicago Black Sox players banned for life for throwing the World Series, said in a deposition in 1920 that his team got the idea of throwing the World Series from members of the 1918 Cubs.

Another important thing happened in that 1918 series. The United States was involved in World War I at the time, and as a tribute to American troops the "The Star Spangled Banner" was played during the seventh inning stretch of Game 1. It was the first time the song was played at a major league game, and become an enduring tradition in baseball and virtually every other sport played in this country.

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