Saturday lineups from Atlanta

Cardinals:

1. Jay RF
2. Freese 3B
3. Pujols 1B
4. Holliday LF
5. Rasmus CF
6. Laird C
7. Descalso 2B
8. Greene SS
9. Westbrook P

Braves:

1. Prado LF
2. Heyward RF
3. Jones 3B
4. McCann C
5. Uggla 2B
6. Freeman 1B
7. Gonzalez SS
8. McLouth CF
9. Beachy P

-M.

10 Comments

Why does Tony keep messing with the lineup?? Makes zero sense to switch it up when what we’ve had (Theriot, Rasmus, Pujols, Holliday, Berkman, Freese, Yadi, Descalso (or Punto), and pitcher) is clearly working. We are rocking it up big time. What would the incentives be for changing it up?

I don’t understand having Freese in the 2 hole at all. Why put someone with bad wheels at the top of the order? With Rasmus’ combination of speed, power and a high OBP he makes perfect sense for that spot. Oh well, I would have left Motte in to close out the 9th last night too. I guess TRL knows what he is doing. Just so they get another W!

I think he’s decided he wants Rasmus hitting in the middle of the order, and my guess is the coming weeks will show a shift to that happening more and more often. But that’s just a guess. We’ll see.

-M.

Yadi, Berkman, Freeze and now Theriot all need rest periodically so they can make it through the entire season. They are all coming back from injury

Bingo. See below replies. Early start after late finish, and some of these guys need regular rest anyway.

-M.

Er, see ABOVE replies. And below I guess. Anyway.
-M.

Tony is resting certain players because the team is playing a day game after a night game. Berkman, Molina both need a day off now and then. It’s smart to keep Descalso sharp at 2B.

cal ripken never needed rest

Every other player in the last 80 years, however, does.
-M.

I would contend that Rip needed rest too. The fact that he never got it probably kept him from being even greater than he was. Many people at the time commented on how he tended to look gassed at the end of the season. This is borne out by statistics: via any number of different measures, September was the worst month of the season for him, averaged over his illustrious career.

I have no problem with TLR resting the starters frequently enough to keep them sharp (and, particularly, keep them from getting injured). It’s good practice. I just ask that he not do it while I’m in the park watching a game. ;-)

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