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Thursday lineups

Cardinals

1. Furcal SS
2. Craig LF
3. Pujols 1B
4. Berkman RF
5. Freese 3B
6. Molina C
7. Theriot 2B
8. Jay CF
9. Westbrook P

 

Mets

1. Reyes SS
2. Tejada 2B
3. Pagan CF
4. Wright 3B
5. Harris LF
6. Evans 1B
7. Thole C
8. Baxter RF
9. Capuano P

 

-M.

Sunday lineups from Atlanta

Cardinals

1. Punto 2B
2. Rasmus CF
3. Pujols 1B
4. Holliday LF
5. Berkman RF
6. Freese 3B
7. Molina C
8. Theriot SS
9. Garcia LHP

Braves
1. Prado LF
2. Heyward RF
3. Jones 3B
4. McCann C
5. Uggla 2B
6. Gonzalez SS
7. Mather 1B
8. McLouth CF
9. Lowe RHP

-M.

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.

Thursday lineups from Disneyburg, and one tidbit

Cardinals game notes list Lance Lynn as tomorrow’s starter in place of Chris Carpenter. Here are the lineups:

Cardinals:
1. Schumaker 2B

2. Theriot SS
3. Carpenter 3B
4. Holliday LF
5. Hamilton 1B
6. Craig RF
7. Jay CF
8. Laird C
9. McClellan P
Braves:
1. Prado LF
2. Gonzalez SS
3. Heyward RF
4. Uggla 2B
5. Freeman 1B
6. Ross C
7. Mather 3B
8. Ramirez CF
9. Lowe P
-M.

Chess Match: Six was enough

The situation: Tie game, 2-2, in the middle of the seventh inning. The 2-3-4 hitters in the Braves order coming to the plate, two of them left-handers (No. 2 hitter Jason Heyward and No. 4 hitter Brian McCann).

The decision: TLR lifts Jake Westbrook in favor of Dennys Reyes
The outcome: Reyes allows a homer to the first batter he faces before retiring the next two men.
The analysis: This looks like a platoon play, but there really weren’t a lot of platoon advantages to be gained here. Westbrook has very little left-right split this year. Same goes for the second lefty hitter in the inning, McCann. And Reyes actually has a reverse split this year, though that definitely hasn’t been the story for his career.
Heyward, though, does have quite a split. And while Westbrook had kept him under wraps for the most part, he’d had a tough time with No. 3 hitter Martin Prado and McCann. He was at 105 pitches, though he was also coming off a reasonably effective sixth inning.
Yet it’s worth noting that the momentum Westbrook had seemed to build in the third and fourth was perhaps waning in the fifth and sixth. He wasn’t cruising. He was pitching pretty well, but not really on a roll.
The comment, 1: “I thought he’d had enough. They pay you to evaluate what you’re seeing. And when a guy is done, you get him out of there before somebody makes him pay, makes us pay. He had done a terrific job.” – TLR
The comment, 2: “I felt good. that’s still a lot of pitches. the way I labored in the first two, it’s kind of tough to throw me back out there. after the first two, I told myself get through six.” – Westbrook
My verdict: I’m on the fence on it now, though at the time I thought it was an odd move. But the more I look, the more I see the argument. It’s the seventh, not the sixth, so chances are you won’t see those two lefties again before the ninth. So it’s not like you’re using your one left-handed bullet too soon.
And while Westbrook only allowed one baserunner in his last inning, it was against the bottom of the order. Through the full last time through the order, he had some trouble.
So this will come across as a bit of a reverse second guess. At the time, I thought I would have stayed with Westbrook. But in retrospect, I think the decision was entirely defensible, even given the outcome. I might not let Reyes face Heyward AGAIN, though.
-M.

Thursday lineups

Cardinals

1. Schumake r2B
2. Winn RF
3. Pujols 1B
4. Holliday LF
5. Rasmus CF
6. Molina C
7. Feliz 3B
8. Wainwright P
9. Ryan SS
Braves
1. Infante 2B
2. Heyward RF
3. Prado 3B
4. McCann C
5. Lee 1B
6. Hinske LF
7. Gonzalez SS
8. Cabrera CF
9. Jurrjens P
-M.

Thursday lineups

Cardinals:

1. Schumaker 2B
2. Ludwick RF
3. Holliday LF
4. Rasmus CF
5. Freese 3B
6. Molina C
7. Mather 1B
8. Wainwright RHP
9. Greene SS
Braves:
1. Cabrera LF
2. Escobar SS
3. Prado 2B
4. McCann C
5. Hinske 1B
6. Infante 3B
7. Heyward RF
8. McLouth CF
9. Jurrjens RHP
-M.

Wednesday lineups

Cardinals:

1. Schumaker 2B
2. Ludwick RF
3. Pujols 1B
4. Holliday LF
5. Rasmus CF
6. Molina C
7. Freese 3B
8. Garcia LHP
9. Ryan SS
Braves:
1. Escobar SS
2. Prado 2B
3. Jones 3B
4. Glaus 1B
5. Diaz LF
6. Cabrera RF
7. Ross C
8. McLouth CF
9. Kawakami RHP
-M.

Tuesday lineups

Cardinals

1. Schumaker 2B

2. Ludwick RF
3. Pujols 1B
4. Holliday LF
5. Rasmus CF
6. Molina C
7. Freese 3B
8. Carpenter P
9. Ryan SS
Braves
1. Escobar SS
2. Prado 2B
3. Jones 3B
4. McCann C
5. Glaus 3B
6. Heyward RF
7. Cabrera LF
8. McLouth CF
9. Lowe P
-M.

Lopez to DL among Cards moves, plus lineups

The Cardinals placed infielder Felipe Lopez on the 15-day disabled list on Monday due to a right elbow injury, recalling infielder Tyler Greene from Triple-A Memphis to take his place. St. Louis also sent outfielder Allen Craig to Memphis and recalled outfielder Jon Jay.
Lopez, 29, has been dealing with discomfort in his throwing elbow since the Cardinals’ April 11 game in Milwaukee. However, manager Tony La Russa has said that Lopez didn’t notify the club of any issue until after he started on April 19, two days after he pitched in a 20-inning St. Louis loss to the Mets. Lopez appeared in all three games of the Cardinals’ just-ended weekend series in San Francisco, so the move cannot be backdated. He is hitting .273 with a .347 on-base percentage and a .432 slugging percentage, and has started three games apiece at second base, shortstop and third base.
His spot will be taken by Greene, 26, who was hitting .275 with a .351 OBP and a slugging .435 at Memphis. Greene is a gifted defender but struggled this spring, likely costing himself a chance to make the Opening Day roster.
Jay, 25, will be on the Major League roster for the first time in his career. He was batting .347 at Memphis with a .420 on-base percentage, a .542 slugging percentage, seven stolen bases in seven chances and 16 runs scored in 17 games. The lefty hitter replaces the right-handed-hitting Craig, 25, who went 1-for-18 in his first taste of the Majors.
Both Greene and Jay are expected to arrive at Busch Stadium at approximately game time Monday night.
Monday’s lineups:
Cardinals
1. Schumaker 2B
2. Ludwick RF
3. Pujols 1B
4. Holliday LF
5. Rasmus CF
6. Molina C
7. Freese 3B
8. Ryan SS
9. Lohse P
Braves
1. Escobar SS
2. Prado 2B
3. Jones 3B
4. McCann C
5. Glaus 1B
6. Heyward RF
7. Cabrera LF
8. McLouth CF
9. Hudson P
-M.
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