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Lineups and a significant tidbit

First the tidbit: David Freese will be heading out on a rehab assignment on Monday. He’ll travel to Iowa Monday then begin playing with Memphis on Tuesday. Freese is expecting to rejoin the team on the next road trip, in either Baltimore or St. Petersburg.

And the lineups:
Cardinals
1. Schumaker 2B
2. Jay CF
3. Pujols 1B
4. Holliday LF
5. Berkman RF
6. Cruz C
7. Descalso 3B
8. Greene SS
9. Carpenter P

Royals
1. Gordon LF
2. Cabrera CF
3. Hosmer 1B
4. Francoeur RF
5. Moustakas 3B
6. Treanor C
7. Getz 2B
8. Escobar SS
9. Paulino P

-M.

Thursday lineups

Cardinals

1. Greene SS
2. Rasmus CF
3. Pujols 1B
4. Holliday LF
5. Berkman RF
6. Molina C
7. Schumaker 2B
8. Descalso 3B
9. Lohse P

Nationals

1. Werth RF
2. Bernadina CF
3. Zimmerman 3B
4. Nix LF
5. Morse 1B
6. Espinosa 2B
7. Ramos C
8. Lannan P
9. Desmond SS

-M.

Wednesday lineups

Cardinals

1. Theriot SS
2. Rasmus CF
3. Pujols 3B
4. Berkman 1B
5. Brown RF
6. Jay LF
7. Molina C
8. Schumaker 2B
9. McClellan P

Nationals
1. Werth RF
2. Bernadina CF
3. Zimmerman 3B
4. Nix LF
5. Morse 1B
6. Espinosa 2B
7. Rodriguez C
8. Hernandez P
9. Desmond SS

-M

Carpenter sent down, Sanchez unavailable

Two bits of news this morning:

* According to a club source, Matt Carpenter is the player on his way out today to make room for Kyle McClellan on the active roster. Carpenter will be optioned to Triple-A Memphis. Carpenter went 1-for-15 with a double, four walks and four strikeouts in seven games.

* Pitching coach Dave Duncan told KFNS 590 AM this morning that Eduardo Sanchez has some “tightness in his shoulder” and will be unavailable for a few days. I’ll obviously be chasing this today.

More to come on the site as the day goes on.

-M.

Tuesday lineup

Cardinals

1. Theriot SS

2. Rasmus CF

3. Pujols 1B

4. Berkman LF

5. Molina C

6. Brown RF

7. Schumaker 2B

8. Descalso 3b

9. Garcia P

-M.

Some thoughts, context and details on the pick

OK…

My story on Kolten Wong has been filed and should be updated on Cardinals.com in a bit. But I had a few things I wanted to add, because surprisingly 1000 words is not enough. I don’t know who I’m turning into, but whatever.

* First, my take on the pick. I understand that some people wanted somebody like Mikie Mahtook or a high-upside arm or even Josh Bell, and I get that. Philosophically, that’s what I think they should be doing too. So my first reaction to the pick was, “Yeah, that’s fine.”

So while it may seem that I’m singing to the high heavens about how great the pick is, that’s not really what I’ve been trying to do tonight. I’m mostly trying to contrast what I think has been an unfair and inaccurate line of conversation about Wong.  Because he is undersized, I think people are rushing to dismiss this as a “makeup” pick, assuming that they drafted a kid because he’s gritty or scrappy or something.

The pick may not work out, but that’s not why he was drafted. The parallel to 2007 that some people are trying to draw, just doesn’t apply. This young man can hit. We’ll see how good a defensive player he turns out to be, though he does have some speed (23 steals in 57 games). But he’s a hitter.

He played in a park which, according to Boydsworld.com, is a significant pitchers’ park. He played on a team that faced some very nice non-conference competition (including Texas, Cal State-Fullerton, Oregon and Wichita State). He was the MVP of the wood-bat Cape Cod League. He hit for average, drew walks and hit for a little bit of power. The kid’s a hitter. They didn’t draft him because somebody liked the look in his eye. They drafted him because they think he’ll hit in the big leagues. On Draft day, he’s a lot closer to Zack Cox than he is to Pete Kozma.

* Drafting a second baseman is a bit unorthodox. In each of the past three years, exactly one 2B was taken in the first round. In the three years before that, no 2B went in the first round.

* And that’s my biggest worry. You draft a SS, if he doesn’t stick defensively, you’ve still got a 2B or 3B on your hands. You draft a 2B and he doesn’t stick, you’ve got a utility player. Wong has to be a big league 2B to be a big league regular, I believe. And that has been one weakness of recent Cardinals Drafts: tweeners. Players with who lack the glove for the more difficult position but lack the bat for the less difficult position. I hope Wong doesn’t turn out to be one of those, where the glove doesn’t play at 2B but the bat doesn’t play at a corner.

* Don’t underestimate the value of his age. Wong is still only 20. If he IS in fact at Double-A next year before he turns 22, that’s a pretty nice development path. He’s 19 months younger than Cox.

* Regarding positions and position shifts, Jeff Luhnow very explicitly said that for the Cards organization, Cox is a 3B. The question was asked because there’s been some thought that Cox will migrate to 2B, which might make Wong somewhat redundant. But Luhnow was adamant.

* Wong’s coach, Mike Trapasso, has been at Hawaii since 2001, and before that his bio says he was at Georgia Tech for seven years. I don’t know if that means he coached on the ’94 team there; I’m assuming, frankly, that he did not. But either way, at Tech in the late ’90s, he saw some serious talent. And according to Trapasso, Wong is the second-best player he’s coached, behind Mark Teixeira.

* I’ve heard a few different comparisons, but the one that seems to make the most sense is Fernando Vina. A couple of people on Twitter bashed the pick based on that comp, but I think that really misses the point. I have no idea if the kid grows up to be Vina, BUT if you could guarantee me right now that he IS going to, I’d tell you right away that that’s a good pick. If you get a quality, borderline-All-Star Major League regular with the 22nd overall pick, you did well.

Again, I don’t know whether he will. I just think expectations need to be reasonable.

* Trapasso said that the Vina comp made sense, but that he believes Wong will show more power than Vina.

* I noted this in the story, but Jeff Luhnow sounded very confident this wouldn’t be a deadline deal. They think he wants to play ball and will get a deal done quickly.

A quote from Wong to that effect: “They were talking about signability, and that’s when I told them, I just want to get out there and play and start my career.”

Anyway. That’s all I got. Just some extra context. I’m not at all convinced this is a total home-run pick; heck, it may not work out at all. Zack Cox may not work out either. But I think it’s a much better pick than some folks are making it out to be.

-M.

Saturday tidbits: Scattershot

First, permit me a personal note: Happiest of birthdays to my dad, who turns 70 today. He’s the biggest reason I am a baseball fan, and therefore one of the biggest reasons I have this amazing job. Thanks and happy happy.

Now to the baseball. It’s a steamy hot day at Busch Stadium, with first-pitch temp listed at 95 degrees. Here are some tidbits that didn’t make it into today’s notebook at Cardinals.com…

* Allen Craig will start tomorrow in place of Berkman. I asked TLR about Craig being out of the lineup for two straight days, and he noted that he wanted Jay/Rasmus/Berkman all in the outfield against Wells, and that the heavily left-handed Cubs lineup made it a less-than-great idea to play Craig at 2B.

He also said that Craig’s “leg is barking,” but downplayed it and said, again, that Craig will be in the lineup tomorrow against Zambrano.

* Albert Pujols downplayed his 100th home run at Busch Stadium when he was asked about it this morning. Pujols is the only player with 100 homers at the new park, of course.

“We got the win, that’s the most important thing,” he said.

* I also brought up whether the skipper had seriously considered getting Yadier Molina a rest day over the weekend, and TLR noted the upcoming off day Monday. and that until this weekend the weather hadn’t been that bad. Tony Cruz will probably start Wednesday in Houston, when Lance Lynn is expected to pitch.

* Fernando Salas remains the man they’re going to funnel save chances to, at least for now.

TLR quote: “I think if everybody’s rested, I think he’s got more command of more pitches. But I feel good about Sanchez. If it were the right guys, I’d pitch Motte. Batista’s not afraid of anything.”

* The manager admitted that Skip Schumaker was rushed a bit coming back from the disabled list.

And, finally, a summer-y playlist:
TLC, “Waterfalls”
The Cars, “Magic”
Neneh Cherry, “Buffalo Stance”
The Police, “Every Breath You Take”
Prince, “When Doves Cry”

-M.

Saturday lineups

Cardinals

1. Theriot SS
2. Jay LF
3. Pujols 1B
4. Berkman RF
5. Rasmus CF
6. Molina C
7. Carpenter 3B
8. Descalso 2B
9. Lohse P

Cubs
1. Fukudome RF
2. Barney 2B
3. Castro SS
4. Pena 1B
5. DeWitt 3B
6. Soto C
7. Colvin LF
8. Campana CF
9. Wells P

-M.

Friday lineups

Lineups on a hot, steamy day at Busch Stadium, with a special welcome to the librarians of NASIG who will be in the house tonight.
Cardinals
1. Theriot SS
2. Jay LF
3. Pujols 1B
4. Berkman RF
5. Molina C
6. Rasmus CF
7. Schumaker 2B
8. Descalso 3B
9. Garcia LHP

Cubs
1. Fukudome RF
2. Barney 2B
3. Castro SS
4. Soto C
5. Pena 1B
6. Montanez LF
7. Colvin CF
8. LeMahieu 3B
9. Dempster RHP

-M.

Thursday lineups

Cardinals
1. Theriot SS
2. Jay RF
3. Pujols 1B
4. Craig LF
5. Molina C
6. Rasmus CF
7. Greene 2B
8. Cruz 3B
9. Lynn RHP

Giants
1. Torres CF
2. Tejada 3B
3. Sanchez 2B
4. Huff 1B
5. Schierholtz RF
6. Ross LF
7. Crawford SS
8. Whiteside C
9. Sanchez LHP

-M.

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