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World Series Game 5 lineups: Rangers vs. Cardinals

Oct 24, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

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Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the Rangers-Cardinals series tonight:

   TEXAS RANGERS              ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B         1. Rafael Furcal, SS
2. Elvis Andrus, SS        2. Allen Craig, RF
3. Josh Hamilton, CF       3. Albert Pujols, 1B
4. Michael Young, DH       4. Matt Holliday, LF
5. Adrian Beltre, 3B       5. Lance Berkman, DH
6. Nelson Cruz, RF         6. David Freese, 3B
7. David Murphy, LF        7. Yadier Molina, C
8. Mike Napoli, C          8. Skip Schumaker, CF
9. Mitch Moreland, 1B      9. Nick Punto, 2B

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

That’s the same lineup Ron Washington used in Game 4, so he’s sticking with a struggling Mitch Moreland at first base and leaving Mike Napoli’s team-leading OPS in the eighth spot. In fact, among all hitters in baseball to play 100 or more games this season Napoli had the second-highest OPS behind only Jose Bautista. As we saw last night that’s one helluva eighth-place hitter, but it would also be one helluva cleanup hitter.

St. Louis, on the other hand, is shaking things up after being shut out in Game 4. Skip Schumaker, who missed the entire NLCS with an oblique injury and hasn’t started a game in the World Series, has replaced Jon Jay in center field. Jay is just 8-for-51 (.167) in the playoffs, including 0-for-14 in the World Series, but Schumaker is also a left-handed batter and has hit just .222 with a .560 OPS versus left-handed pitching during the past three seasons.

  1. spudchukar - Oct 24, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Was kinda hopin’ for a Tyler Greene start in CF, but with Carp going looks as if TLR is going with defense.

    • all4tookie - Oct 24, 2011 at 5:57 PM

      Tyler Greene has only played 17 innings in the OF this year (0 at CF) and isn’t on the WS roster.

      • spudchukar - Oct 24, 2011 at 5:59 PM

        Thanks my bad, I’ve been in the mountains for the past few days, and haven’t been able to access the WS rosters. Thanks for the correction.

  2. miketreedy - Oct 24, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Is there any other manager in baseball that would have Young at cleanup and then have Napoli batting 8th?

    • Ari Collins - Oct 24, 2011 at 5:35 PM

      Mike Scioscia.

  3. Ari Collins - Oct 24, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Batting order doesn’t really matter that much. Having Schumaker in there against a lefty is a clear mistake, though.

    • spudchukar - Oct 24, 2011 at 5:56 PM

      Schumaker is replacing Jay, who is also left-handed, and is hitting .000 so far in 14 ABs for St. Louis, in the WS. They are similarly above average OFs. One could question the wisdom of playing Schumaker, since he hasn’t played the OF, and particularly CF, much lately, but the outfield is his natural position. Punto is at 2nd, a switch-hitter, and if the Rangers have to go to the pen early, they are predominately, right-handed. Washington cannot have a long leash on Wilson, so there is a good chance he won’t be in very long. Who exactly, would you like to see TLR start in CF? Tyler Greene is an option, but he is very (Green) in the OF. Craig could move there, but again the defense would suffer. With Carpenter on the mound, St. Louis is choosing defense in this one, with Jay probably entering as a defensive replacement for Holliday in the late innings if St. Louis leads.

      Once again, Tony has thought through all the scenarios, and once again, his choice is made on sound reasoning. Calling Schumaker’s choice tonight a “clear mistake”, is in fact a “clear mistake.”

      • osbornesmith - Oct 24, 2011 at 5:59 PM

        I don’t think Tyler Greene is even on the WS roster, is he? [My mistake if I'm wrong.] Even though I’m not a big TLR fan, I really don’t see any other option for him if he wants to sit Jay.

      • spudchukar - Oct 24, 2011 at 6:03 PM

        Yeah, you are correct, I haven’t been able to access WS rosters, been in the deep mountains. Thanks, for the correction, and theoretically Craig could start in CF, but that would be risky and St. Louis would have to choose another DH, if Berkman were in RF, so the Schumaker decision makes a lot of sense. Hope it works.

      • Ari Collins - Oct 24, 2011 at 6:04 PM

        Well argued. I withdraw my characterization of it as a clear mistake.

        Craig would be better, though.

      • spudchukar - Oct 24, 2011 at 6:08 PM

        Theriot could DH, but again, that would put Craig in CF, and with Carpenter on the mound it is usually a good move to go defense.

      • all4tookie - Oct 24, 2011 at 6:10 PM

        “They are similarly above average OFs” is not true – Jay is by any metric (including eye test) a far superior center fielder than Schumaker, even given his weaker arm. Unless Jay is injured and we don’t know about it, starting Skip vs. a LHP is a terrible idea. Skip has 9 XBH vs. LHP in 413 career PAs. His overall line is .210/.281/.243.

        Jay, on the other hand, has shown no meaningful split in his brief career in the majors or minors. I certainly think that Skip’s impotence in 413 career PAs vs. LHP is much more predictive than the bad postseason Jay has had thus far, making Jay the logical start especially considering his plus defense.

      • all4tookie - Oct 24, 2011 at 6:32 PM

        Schumaker is also coming off of a couple nagging injuries and has just 1 PA since October 7th (in which he struck out and looked completely foolish).

      • spudchukar - Oct 24, 2011 at 7:00 PM

        Again, Jay is hitting .000 in 14 plate appearances, and yes he is the better defensive option. Schumaker is still a pretty darn good outfielder, has had a reasonable time to get healthy, and posted a 1.400 OPS in the divisional series, the best among all Cards. So replacing the slumping Jay, who hasn’t been able to get the ball out of the infield, with Schumaker, who one has to believe is healthy, and was on fire just recently, is certainly not a crazy choice.

        Gotta believe that Wilson who comes over the top, with fastball and change-up choices, rather than a good breaking ball, was judged to be the type of lefty that he might be effective against.

        Will it work. Who knows? But under the circumstances I view it more of a wash, and it gets Schumaker some ABs, that may come in handy later.

      • all4tookie - Oct 24, 2011 at 7:29 PM

        I don’t think we should be making any judgments about either player based on the 14 PA sample you cite for Jay or the 10 sample cited for Schumaker in the NLDS. Sure, Skip’s OPS was 1.400, but that came almost entirely against RHP (he had one single against Cliff Lee).

        Sure, anything could work out, and I hope it does, but Skip is particularly bad against LHP and Wilson is particularly effective against LHB (2.61 FIP vs. LHB, 3.40 vs. RHB). I still think it better to take the only sure thing (Jay’s defense) over what is generously at best a wash offensively.

      • all4tookie - Oct 24, 2011 at 7:32 PM

        Sure, I’ll say sure a hundred times in a single post, surely.

      • all4tookie - Oct 24, 2011 at 7:42 PM

        Player A vs. LHP: .210/.281/.243
        Player B vs. LHP: .211/.269/.337

        One of these players has one homerun against LHP in his career. The other is Adam Wainwright, who has 2, in roughly 1/4th of the PAs.

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