It’s the return of everyone’s favorite game (at least, for Cardinals fans during the La Russa era)…Guess That Lineup! Tonight, the Cardinals face a tough lefty – Ted Lilly. Lilly is showing an elevated ERA against lefties this year…but the sampling size is much less than the “vs. righties” pool, so take that with a grain of salt. All in all, I gotta’ think TLR is going to try and put together a righty-heavy lineup against the lefty. Plus, doing that allows him to give Chris Duncan a logical day off.
I should point out that baseball-reference.com shows Duncan 2 for 6 against Lilly with 2 singles and no strikeouts…but Dunc is struggling and I would like to see him get some rest against a good left-handed pitcher tonight. But…as C70 pointed out via Twitter, that 2 for 6 is probably enough for Tony to plug him in…so look at that as a possible “glitch” to my lineup prediction below.
Also…as Matt Leach pointed out on the Cards’ website, TLR will want to maximize defense when Pineiro pitches…so look for his best defenders to be in the field tonight.
All that said…I’m throwin’ this lineup out there as a possible against the Cubbies:
1. Brendan Ryan 2B
2. Shane Robinson LF
3. Albert Pujols 1B
4. Yadier Molina C
5. Tyler Greene SS
6. Nick Stavinoha RF
7. Brian Barden 3B
8. Joel Pineiro P
9. Colby Rasmus CF
Okay…if all of those guys are in the lineup tonight, it wouldn’t surprise me if TLR swapped Tyler Greene and Nick Stavinoha in the hitting order…but I like Greene ahead of Stav (speed for Nick to drive in and I like Greene’s pop behind Yadi and Albert). Also, don’t be shocked to see Nick Stavinoha in the 2 hole in front of Albert with Shane Robinson in the 9 spot (putting Barden in the 6 spot and Rasmus in the 7 hole).
Should be an interesting lineup tonight, regardless…