Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras is once again riding the pine even though the Giants are starting the right-handed Jake Peavy in Game 2 of the NLCS. The right-handed Randal Grichuk gets another start in right field, batting eighth. Taveras has yet to start this post-season.
Per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, GM John Mozeliak said he hopes that the way Taveras has been used in October is a “wake up” for the 22-year-old. Mozeliak added that Taveras will be given suggestions for conditioning during the off-season
Taveras entered the 2014 season as a consensus top-five prospect in baseball, but struggled in 248 plate appearances in the majors, batting .239/.278/.312 with three home runs and 22 RBI. The rookie has taken four trips to the plate this post-season, all as a pinch-hitter, recording one hit (a single) with a run scored.