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Stop the presses: Albert Pujols to bat cleanup

May 17, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

Earlier today Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch analyzed the Cardinals lineup and noted that Matt Holliday is having a hell of a time hitting with runners on base.  Bernie suggested that, in light of this, perhaps Tony La Russa should bat Albert Pujols cleanup and put Holliday in the three-hole.  Of course, Pujols hasn’t hit anywhere but third for seven years, so it was more academic than anything.  Bernie’s conclusion:

“But if [Holliday] can get on base ahead of Pujols, then the Cardinals might have
something going. Just an idea. Chance of Tony La Russa implementing
it: zero.”

And in today’s Cardinals lineup: Matt Holliday bats third, Albert Pujols cleanup.

If it was any other guy I’d wonder if he wasn’t reading the papers too much. But Tony La Russa is probably the most stubborn manager in baseball today, so either this is (a) grand coincidence; or (b) La Russa read Bernie’s column and made the change with explicit instructions to Pujols to strike out four times tonight in order to show the media who’s boss.

  1. itty bitty baseball - May 17, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    Any chance Bernie Miklasz could write an article in the Milwaukee paper and get Prince and Braun flip-flopped?

  2. Wes Mailman - May 17, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    It’s the first time Miklasz has been right in over a decade. He is still refusing to admit that his public coronation of Chris Duncan turned out to be wrong.
    Don’t worry. If it turns out badly, Miklasz will turn his cowardly tail and laud LaRussa for his efforts.
    – Rain, sleet or snow, Wes Mailman delivers the truth.

  3. sherardson - May 18, 2010 at 12:57 AM

    Cardinals fans and those that follow Albert Pujols what do you think has caused his drop in offensive numbers? He is down in HR, RBI, Runs, and his AVE is slightly lower. I hope this is just a phase and he will bounce back soon and maybe next season he will again have his usually high numbers. He has played every game and I can only remember one game he didn’t get to bat (he came in late for defense). It does look as though he will have more walks this year than any other year but we are talking about 12-15 more than previous totals.
    Force Factor Supplements Anybody have any ideas as to what is going on with Pujols?

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