ST. LOUIS — Backup catcher David Ross started four of the first 12 postseason games, a higher percentage than the regular season. John Farrell suggested that Ross would be getting more starts in the Series.
“Yes, that’s been thought of,” Farrell said. “If there needs to be a change or there’s a view that a change should be made, that’s something we’ll consider.”
Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia had two defensive mistakes in the seventh inning of Game 2 when the Cardinals scored three runs to take the lead in a game they eventually won. He couldn’t get the ball out of his glove when St. Louis executed a double steal. He also dropped a ball on a throw from the outfield and was charged with an error.
Saltalamacchia was 6 for 29 in the postseason entering tonight's game. Ross was 4 for 13.
“We need to get Salty going and David Ross has being swinging the bat pretty darn good,” Farrell said.
• Farrell was disappointed that Napoli was not one of the three finalists for the Gold Glove at first base in the American League. Chris Davis (Orioles), Eric Hosmer (Royals) and James Loney (Rays) were the choices.
“He’s done an outstanding job there,” Farrell said. “Always going to feel that way about your own guy because you see the among of work that they put in and all that he’s done.”
Napoli graded out as the best first baseman in the league based on advanced statistics. But statistics count for only 25 percent of the award. The voting done by coaches and managers largely determines the award.
“I would venture to say that in the minds of some, if not many, that Mike is still viewed as a catcher who’s playing first base,” Farrell said. “And how much of it is swayed by offensive production, where Davis takes a lot of votes away from that position?”
• The Red Sox flew out a planeload of front office employees for the games here. … Carlos Beltran of the Cardinals was the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award for community service. “I decided to use all the blessings God gave me through baseball to help other families,” said Beltran, whose charitable endeavors have included building a baseball academy and school in his native Puerto Rico. “When I was a kid I always wanted to be like [Clemente], to play baseball and to give back. He was a role model for all Puerto Rican players.” The Red Sox nominee was Craig Breslow.
• LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune was elected the president of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He is the first black reporter to be elected president and succeeds Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the first women to lead the group. Neal has covered baseball since 1998.