ST. LOUIS — The rules are against the Red Sox in the St. Louis portion of the World Series. No, I’m not talking about the obstruction call on Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks that awarded the Cardinals home plate and a 5-4 victory in Game 3 on Saturday night at Busch Stadium.
That was a one-time — correct — ruling against the Red Sox, but not having the use of the designated hitter is an ongoing drag.
In Game 4 on Sunday night, Red Sox manager John Farrell was once again forced by National League (house) rules to leave first baseman Mike Napoli out of the starting lineup in order to keep usual designated hitter and perpetual postseason home run hero David Ortiz in the lineup.
The NL rules have turned Napoli, who batted .292 with two home runs and five RBIs and posted a .987 OPS in the American League Championship Series, into a Designated Sitter. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.