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Skip Schumaker will start in center field in Game 6

Oct 26, 2011, 6:33 PM EDT

Skip Schumaker AP

Cardinals utilityman Skip Schumaker drew the start in center field Monday night in Game 5 of the World Series, spelling a badly-slumping Jon Jay.

In Game 6, it will happen again.

According to B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa informed the media Wednesday afternoon at Busch Stadium that Schumaker will start in center field Thursday night against Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis.

Schumaker isn’t as talented defensively as Jay, nor does he have much experience playing center field, but he’s 7-for-14 this postseason with two doubles and four RBI. And he boasts a productive .301/.358/.393 career batting line against right-handed hitters. Beyond Allen Craig, who isn’t quite athletic enough to handle center, Schumaker represents St. Louis’ best option for offensive success at the position.

Jay will be available off the bench as a pinch-runner or defensive replacement. He was a late sub in Game 5.

La Russa also announced Wednesday that Nick Punto will start at second base in Thursday’s Game 6.

  1. cur68 - Oct 26, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    That has to be the least confidence inspiring pic of a fielding ball player this side of anyone named “Canseco”.

    • Drew Silva - Oct 26, 2011 at 6:43 PM

      But the socks are cool.

  2. okwhitefalcon - Oct 26, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    The socks trump the uninspiring Skip picture, well played Drew.

    Now waiting for the “Why isn’t Allen Craig getting the start over Matt Holliday” hooey…

  3. astrozac - Oct 27, 2011 at 1:16 AM

    “…nor does he have much experience playing center field…”

    That’s funny. Before he was converted to a second baseman, he was the primary utility outfielder being able to play all three spots…

  4. foreverchipper10 - Oct 27, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    “And he boasts a productive .301/.358/.393 career batting line against right-handed hitters”

    I think you mean against right-handed pitchers.

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