Originally Posted by SBSoxFan
I don't get to see much of the games because they are on so late. However, looking at the numbers, why didn't the Cards start doing this a couple of games ago? It might be too late now.
It may be. You can bet if they don't rally to take this series it will become an issue to be discussed; especially for Card fans. In Game 5, he came up against Wainwright on his first at bat of the night with Pedroia on second and first base open. Given how hot he's been, I figured they'd at least give him the unintentional intentional walk. Nope, and Papi laced the first pitch down the line to drive in the game's first run.
Pitching to him would make a lot more sense if the guys behind him were doing anything but so far they haven't done much at all (outside of the Gomes homer in Game 4).