"It's been critical," said manager John Farrell. "While he has had his struggles, they're well documented, and we live it with him. But he has played such a strong defensive position at shortstop. Last night there's probably three or four plays that he makes that might otherwise build into a potential inning for the Cardinals.
"He's such a steadying force for us on defense up the middle and on the infield in general. In [the type of] games that we anticipate being played, defense is a premium. The first two games are prime examples."
Drew is 4-for-42 this postseason, with just one walk and one extra-base hit.
"Sooner or later I've got to snap out of it," said Drew. "It's baseball. My career will tell you that. It's definitely something that [stinks] right now with being in the postseason. I'm taking good swings. I'm missing that pitch that I need to hit."
Ian Browne and Jason Mastrodonato are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.