ST. LOUIS — It is spectacularly unfair to judge the worthiness of a trade based on one game. But Game 3 of the World Series on Saturday night will determine whether the Red Sox did the right thing when they obtained righthander Jake Peavy in July.
This is the exact kind of game general manager Ben Cherington had in mind when he gave up gifted young shortstop Jose Iglesias as part of a three-team deal to get Peavy.
The Red Sox are tied, 1-1, with the St. Louis Cardinals and need to regain the momentum lost when they were unable to hold a lead late in Game 2.
“We thought we had a chance to get in the postseason but we didn’t want to give up a player like Iglesias unless we were confident the pitcher could help us in the postseason,” Cherington said on Friday while watching his team work out at Busch Stadium.
“Jake made a lot of sense to us at the time and he still does. We have a lot of confidence in him.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.