For days, it has been suspected that the St. Louis Cardinals would add slugger Allen Craig to their World Series roster, but it appears as if that speculation has become reality.
Allen Craig will take Adron Chambers’ roster spot for the World Series. Rest of #STLCards roster to remain the same.
— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) October 22, 2013
Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com is reporting that Craig will take the place of outfielder Adron Chambers on the 25-man World Series roster, and that the move will be the only change for St. Louis when they square off with the Boston Red Sox. Frankly, it isn’t a surprise that as soon as Craig was healthy, he would be added, and he will provide yet another fantastic offensive option for St. Louis. In 563 plate appearances over 134 games this season, Craig had a slash line of .315/.373/.457 with 13 home runs, and he is almost legendary for his ability to come through with runners in scoring position, boasting a 1.138 OPS in those situations.
Craig has been dealing with a foot ailment that has kept him out of action since September 4th, but even in a limited role, he is exceedingly more valuable than Chambers, who went 0-for-4 with 3 strikeouts in the ALCS and has a career MLB slugging percentage of .295 in 84 games. It remains to be seen where Craig fits in this lineup (which has been cooking in a big way), but I’m sure that Mike Matheny can pencil him in for some at-bats.