Red Sox bench vs. Cardinals bench
The Red Sox during the 2013 season prided themselves on the ability to shift around their lineup to get the best possible matchups, at the plate or in the field. The Red Sox have used Jonny Gomes, Daniel Nava, and Mike Carp prominently throughout the year, with Gomes mostly starting so far in the postseason. Xander Bogaerts, who is now starting at third base, has shown incredible poise at the plate in these playoffs, as the 21-year-old has worked pitch counts and gotten timely hits and walks to score key Red Sox runs on their way to the postseason. Former starter Will Middlebrooks is now coming off the bench and could provide pop in later innings, especially in St. Louis where there is no DH. Quintin Berry has also played a pivotal role since joining the Red Sox, primarily used as a pinch-runner when they need to steal a base late in games, and has not been caught stealing in 27 attempts in the big league career.
When first baseman Allen Craig went down with a foot injury in September, Matt Adams stepped up to become the starting first baseman for the Cardinals, playing the rest of the year and starting in the NLDS and NLCS, hitting .268 with a home run and four RBIs in the playoffs so far. Craig, who hit .315 with 97 RBIs in the regular season, has said he is ready to play in the World Series, so expect for them both to be in the lineup when the games are played in Boston, with Craig most likely serving as DH. Whether he or Adams takes a seat when the series shift to St. Louis, either will be a big bat off the bench for Mike Matheny for pinch-hitting late in games. David Descalso and Shane Robinson (pictured right) have been streaky hitters off the bench: Descalso has seen time in 10 of the Cardinals 11 postseason games, while Robinson hit a home run in Game 4 of the NLCS and drew the start in Game 6. St. Louis has also used Adron Chambers and Kolten Wong off the bench in the postseason, but with Adams starting at first base, the other four Cardinals have just one hit in 14 pinch-hit attempts in the playoffs.