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NLDS Game 3 lineups: Phillies vs. Cardinals

Oct 4, 2011, 3:37 PM EDT

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Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the Phillies-Cardinals series:

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES       ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
1. Jimmy Rollins, SS            1. Rafael Furcal, SS
2. Chase Utley, 2B              2. Allen Craig, LF
3. Hunter Pence, RF             3. Albert Pujols, 1B
4. Ryan Howard, 1B              4. Lance Berkman, RF
5. Shane Victorino, CF          5. David Freese, 3B
6. John Mayberry Jr., LF         6. Yadier Molina, C
7. Placido Polanco, 3B          7. Ryan Theriot, 2B
8. Carlos Ruiz, C                 8. Jon Jay, CF
9. Cole Hamels, SP              9. Jaime Garcia, SP

As hinted yesterday, the big difference for the Phillies here is John Mayberry Jr. starting in left field over Raul Ibanez against the left-hander Jaime Garcia. Mayberry batted .306/.358/.595 with eight homers and .953 OPS over 120 plate appearances against southpaws this season while Ibanez batted just .211/.232/.353 with four homers and a .585 OPS over 138 plate appearances. Otherwise, this is the same lineup we saw in the first two games.

As for the Cardinals, this is the exact same lineup Tony La Russa used in Game 2 against left-hander Cliff Lee. The only difference is that Lance Berkman is back in right field while Allen Craig is playing left. The first seven batters in the order will hit from the right side of the plate, including Ryan Theriot, who makes his second straight start over Skip Schumaker at second base. Matt Holliday is out of the lineup again due to his ailing right middle finger, but is available to pinch-hit.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Oct 4, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Hmm… whoever thought the Phillies line-up would be righty-heavy at this time of year.

    • bleedgreen - Oct 4, 2011 at 4:16 PM

      It was never THAT lefty heavy anyways, don’t know why the media and fans always made it out to be like, 7 of the 8 position players were lefties. Polanco, Ruiz, Rollins, Victorino are all right (or switch). Utley, Howard, Ibanez, Dom Brown are left handed. They basically switched out 1 left in Brown for a Righty in Pence. Mayberry, Francisco, Martinez and Valdez are all right handed. So you switch out ONE player and now ots ‘righty heavy’? I guess so…

  2. halladaysbiceps - Oct 4, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    I think it’s a mistake to bat Victorino 5th instead of Mayberry Jr. With Victorino struggling right now, I don’t like it.

  3. thefalcon123 - Oct 4, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    I’m just saying, the Cardinals have never lost a playoff game when Theriot is starting at 2nd base. It is what it is.

    • halladaysbiceps - Oct 4, 2011 at 4:31 PM

      You’re pretty clever. Did you run that analysis through IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer?

      • thefalcon123 - Oct 4, 2011 at 4:58 PM

        I did. It told me yo mamma’s fat…uhh…I don’t know. Something about John Kruk maybe? F**k it.

        You did seem to miss this story though ‘ceps:

        http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/09/19/ryan-theriots-ego-is-quite-healthy/

        in which Theriot was quoted as saying: “When I was playing shortstop we were in first place. I know that. It is what it is.”

        Sick burn though. You totally nailed me with that IBM computer burn.

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