BOSTON – David Ross caught John Lackey in Game 2 of the ALDS against the Tigers. Before that he had caught Lackey just twice in the regular season – on April 6 at Toronto, and May 9 against the Twins. Ross will again be behind the plate to catch Lackey in Game 6 Wednesday night at Fenway Park against the Cardinals.
In three World Series starts, Ross is 3-for-12 (.250) with an RBI and six strikeouts. His ground-rule double in the seventh inning of Game 5 scored Xander Bogaerts with the go-ahead run in the Sox’ 3-1 win. Meanwhile, in two World Series starts, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is hitless in six at-bats, with two walks and four strikeouts.
But, it’s not just what Ross brings to the plate offensively that keeps him in the lineup. This has been Ross’ first World Series appearance, in his 12th big league season. He has spent all but eight games (with the Sox in 2008) of the 694 regular-season games in his career in the National League.
“David has given us a spark offensively out of the position,” said manager John Farrell Tuesday afternoon before the team’s workout. “And that’s not to be disrespectful to Salty in any way. We’ve had to try to jumpstart a couple of different positions from an offensive standpoint. And at the same time David has done a great job with running the game from a game-calling perspective. And so that’s the thrust of him being back behind the plate tomorrow.”