BOSTON -- For the St. Louis Cardinals, there is no guarantee of a tomorrow as the team faces elimination from the World Series in Game 6. And for Game 3 starter Joe Kelly, there is no guarantee of a start in a possible Game 7 despite it being his turn in the rotation. Both the Cardinals and Kelly are focusing on the matter at hand.
“If you don’t win today, obviously there’s no Game 7,” Kelly said. “We’re going to go out there and try to do everything we can today to try and get that win.”
Kelly pitched well in Game 3, allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision that St. Louis ended up winning on a controversial obstruction call in the ninth. However, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny made it clear Wednesday that he has yet to come up with a pitching plan for a possible Game 7.
“We’ll have all hands on deck for the most part,” Matheny said of Game 6. “[Game 5 starter] Adam Wainwright would not be available but everybody else would be.”
“Right now, we’re not ready to [announce our Game 7 starter]. We’re just going to worry about tonight.”
Despite not knowing his status for Thursday night, the 25-year-old Kelly said he understands the magnitude of a Game 7 start.
“You don’t want to be cliché and say that it’s no big deal; it’s Game7,” he said. “Whoever gets the ball at the time is definitely going to go ahead and try to focus on their pitches and not worry about how big of a situation it really is.