Big power arms. Broken gloves. That’s the only way to beat the Red Sox. All you need to know about those St. Louis power arms is this conversation with the Cardinals’ catching genius, Yadier Molina: When Molina was asked Friday at Busch Stadium if his hand hurts from catching the Cards’ young guns — especially those coming out of the bullpen — he reached back into his locker, and said, “Let me show you my glove.’’ Molina pointed to the large piece of torn leather right under the webbing of his black catcher’s mitt. “That’s my gamer,’’ Molina said proudly. “Look at that. It’s crazy.’’ The proof of power was right there. Molina said he usually gets one year’s use out of his catcher’s mitt. This year, he’s already on his second glove because this power staff wears out his mitt faster than in past years. His first glove was too beat up, and now his second glove is torn up. He started to use this mitt after the All-Star Game and will stick with it until the World Series ends. The Cardinals beat the Red Sox 4-2 Thursday night to even the World Series at 1-1. Game 3 is Saturday night at Busch Stadium with young, hard-throwing Joe Kelly going against veteran Jake Peavy. The Cardinals’ bullpen is ready to go again. “It’s so much fun to catch these young pitchers,’’ Molina said. “Obviously they throw hard, but they know how to pitch.’’ No one calls a better game than Molina. “We’re doing a good job in the minor league system teaching them how to pitch,’’ he said. The Red Sox hitters are too good, too patient to attack any other way than with power, and the Cardinals’ blueprint worked to perfection in Game 2. If St. Louis is to win this series, that’s the only way it’s going to happen, as they can’t out-slug the Red Sox. The Cardinals need to manufacture enough runs, and then let the young power arms close the door.
Cardinals’ young flamethrowers wearing out Molina’s glove
New York Post | Oct 26