Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tonight May Be Napoli's Last Chance To Shine

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
As's Ian Browne points out, tonight might be the last time in the 2013 World Series that Mike Napoli has a chance to do more offensive damage. With Games 3, 4 & 5 in St. Louis, Napoli will likely 'ride the pine' in at least two of those contests in favor of David Ortiz. So, tonight Napoli might have extra urgency to add to his already impressive Fall Classic stats. Napoli drove in 10 runs when his Texas Rangers lost to these same Cardinals in 2011. After last night, Napoli is about one-third of the way to that impressive RBI total in this World Series. So, while Michael Wacha may be an impressive 22-year old with a wicked change-up, he's never faced a bearded, soon-to-be-benched 230-pound basher who wants to have fun while he can.