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World Series Game 1 lineups: Rangers vs. Cardinals

Oct 19, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

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Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the Rangers-Cardinals series tonight:

   TEXAS RANGERS              ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B         1. Rafael Furcal, SS
2. Elvis Andrus, SS        2. Jon Jay, CF
3. Josh Hamilton, CF       3. Albert Pujols, 1B
4. Michael Young, 1B       4. Matt Holliday, LF
5. Adrian Beltre, 3B       5. Lance Berkman, RF
6. Nelson Cruz, RF         6. David Freese, 3B
7. Mike Napoli, C          7. Yadier Molina, C
8. David Murphy, LF        8. Nick Punto, 2B

SP C.J. Wilson, LHP        SP Chris Carpenter, RHP

Ron Washington talked about possibly moving Nelson Cruz up in the batting order after the right fielder slugged six homers in the ALCS and sure enough Cruz is hitting sixth tonight rather than his usual seventh. Mike Napoli moves down to accommodate Cruz, which means the catcher’s team-high 1.046 OPS will be in the No. 7 spot. Without the designated hitter to work with Washington has benched Mitch Moreland and has Michael Young at first base.

St. Louis’ lineup is quite different than the last time they faced a left-hander (Randy Wolf in Game 4 of the NLCS). Jon Jay was moved to the bottom of the lineup in that game, but tonight he remains in the No. 2 spot. And manager Tony La Russa is going with Nick Punto rather than Ryan Theriot (or a now healthy Skip Schumaker) at second base. Lance Berkman has typically been much worse versus lefties, but he’s starting and batting fifth while Allen Craig comes off the bench.

  1. antlerclaws - Oct 19, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Please look at the Ranger’s offense and tell me where the weakness is….even C.J. Wilson has been known to hit.

    • spudchukar - Oct 19, 2011 at 5:21 PM

      Their weakness is 7 right-hand hitters vs. Carpenter (not counting C.J. who may hit lefty). Certainly that does not guarantee success for Carp, but you asked for a possible weakness and I was happy to enlighten you.

    • paperlions - Oct 19, 2011 at 5:39 PM

      weakness?

      Away OPS for that lineup in 2011: .730, .741, .852, .776, .737, .688 (yeah, this is Cruz), 1.078, .679

      Their weakness isn’t in the order, it is that they have been extremely ordinary on the road….of the 8, there is one scary (Napoli) and one good (Hamilton) hitter away from Arlington.

      • spudchukar - Oct 19, 2011 at 6:16 PM

        When you play a lot of games in Seattle and Oakland your numbers are bound to decrease. From reading you previously, I know you do not place much value in match-ups, but if Carpenter is on, the predominantly right-handed Rangers may find it more difficult than normal to bash. We will know soon enough.

      • paperlions - Oct 19, 2011 at 8:16 PM

        I place value in matchups, but it is secondary to skill. Carpenter is both good and better against righties…which will help….but it is mostly that he is good that is important…otherwise, you could throw out any righty and expect similar results (which is what some managers seem to do with LOOGYs).

  2. salvomania - Oct 19, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    Just based on the lineup positions, Birds have advantage at
    2,3,4,5,9… and their hottest postseason hitter is at 6, they have a .300 hitter at 7, and a guy with a 125 OPS+ in 2011 batting 8th….

    But I definitely give the edge to Texas at 1.

  3. Nick C - Oct 19, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    As a Cards fan I am glad that Ron Washington has decided to give more at bats to his lesser hitters. Please continue batting Cruz and Napoli in the 6th & 7th spots.

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