World Series Game 3: Allen Craig out of Cardinals' lineup in Busch Stadium opener

Allen Craig has been out so long he doesn't even know what a baseball jersey looks like. - Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Cardinals' hobbled DH won't start at first base in Game 3 of the World Series.

The St. Louis Cardinals had a decision to make before Game 3—start Allen Craig, among their best hitters but dealing with a foot injury that would have ended his season if the season hadn't gone on so long, or not? If it seems like a simple one, that's only because you've been watching a lot of Cardinals games this year. Saturday the Cardinals gave their answer, sitting Craig in favor of Matt Adams, who hit .284/.335/.503 with 17 home runs across 108 regular season games.

Perhaps most importantly, he hit somewhat better than that against right-handers. (So did Craig, actually—but that's not a platoon split that carries through his career.)

For the first bout in Busch Stadium, at least, Craig will be a marked upgrade from the pinch hitters the Cardinals have depended on so far—particularly Adron Chambers, who he replaced on the World Series roster. But for now, the questions about whether he's healthy enough to play first base isn't answered, just deferred—if a double-switch situation comes up, or Felix Doubront makes a National League start, things could take a second abrupt turn.

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