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NLCS Game 4 lineups: Brewers vs. Cardinals

Oct 13, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the Brewers-Cardinals series:

1. Nyjer Morgan, CF          1. Rafael Furcal, SS
2. Mark Kotsay, RF           2. Allen Craig, RF
3. Ryan Braun, LF            3. Albert Pujols, 1B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B        4. David Freese, 3B
5. Rickie Weeks, 2B          5. Matt Holliday, LF
6. Jerry Hairston, 3B        6. Yadier Molina, C
7. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS   7. Ryan Theriot, 2B
8. George Kottaras, C        8. Jon Jay, CF

SP Randy Wolf, LHP           SP Kyle Lohse, RHP

Changes galore for both teams.

Last night Ron Roenicke benched Nyjer Morgan for Mark Kotsay in center field with ugly results, so tonight he’s benching Corey Hart in order to keep Kotsay in the lineup in right field while starting Morgan in center field. Hart was the team’s third-best hitter this season, batting .285 with 26 homers and an .866 OPS in 130 games, but apparently because he’s struggled in eight playoff games and has a poor track record in a very limited sample size of at-bats against Kyle Lohse he sits.

Allen Craig lost his starting spot when Matt Holliday returned, but he’s back in the lineup tonight in place of Lance Berkman, who’s struggled since homering early in the postseason and typically fares much worse against righties than lefties. Tony La Russa has also opted for Ryan Theriot over Nick Punto at second base while moving David Freese up into the cleanup spot with Holliday dropping down to No. 5.

  1. 78mu - Oct 13, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    When is TLR going to put Theriot back at shortstop so the Cardinals can get back to their winning ways?

  2. thefalcon123 - Oct 13, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Corey Hart: .295/.356/.510
    Mark Kotsky: .270/.329/.373


    I hereby withdraw all criticisms of Tony LaRussa. Roenicke is faaar dumber.

    • thefalcon123 - Oct 13, 2011 at 4:36 PM

      And, though I don’t agree with, Berkman is legitimately a much weaker hitter from the right side and Craig is an excellent hitter. Thus making LaRussa’s right field swap far less stupid

    • grahahw - Oct 13, 2011 at 4:57 PM

      totals for the year don’t mean that much in October

      Albert was .299 due to a slow start but is north of .450 in the playoffs

      • paperlions - Oct 13, 2011 at 5:07 PM


        Dripping sarcasm couldn’t have been phrased better Captain Small Sample Size.

        As far as the Cards OF, I would still rather see Holliday sit…he looks horrible, his hand must still be bothering him, he’s swinging at everything and not making contact with any of it. Would rather see a RH Berkman and Craig.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 13, 2011 at 6:16 PM

        As you know by are little conversation last night, I completely agree with you PL. You could see this coming though. What Berkman is like 2-33 against Wolf lifetime?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 13, 2011 at 6:23 PM

        Edit: our not are….I swear my grammar gets worse everyday.

  3. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Oct 13, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    Berkman coming off the bench isn’t a bad situation.

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