Cardinals offense vs. Red Sox starters
Just like the Red Sox have little history with the Cardinals pitching staff, the Cardinals hitters haven’t seen much from the Red Sox’ hurlers. Only three players on the Cardinals roster have hit against Jon Lester, the lefty who has gone 2-1 in three postseason starts with an ERA of 2.33. Matt Holiday has six at-bats against Lester, recording two hits with one RBI. Carlos Beltran and Yadier Molina have each faced Lester three times, with Beltran recording a hit and two walks.
John Lackey, who outdueled Justin Verlander in Game 3 of the ALCS, has seen just two of the Cardinals hitter in his career: Beltran and Holiday. Both are hitless in 20 combined plate appearances, with Beltran recording an RBI and two walks, while Holiday has a walk.
The most familiar Red Sox starter to the Cardinals is Jake Peavy after the righthander spent most of his career in the National League. Holliday, Beltran, and Molina have all seen Peavy more than 20 times. In their careers against Peavy, Holliday is 8-for-28 in his career with one home run and five RBIs; Molina is 8-for-20 with a home run and six RBIs; and Molina is 4-for-22 with one RBI. David Freese also has three at-bats against Peavy, with one hit.
No Cardinals have ever faced Clay Buchholz.