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World Series Game 7 lineups: Rangers vs. Cardinals

Oct 28, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

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Here are the lineups for Game 7 of the Rangers-Cardinals series tonight:

1. Ian Kinsler, 2B         1. Ryan Theriot, 2B
2. Elvis Andrus, SS        2. Allen Craig, LF
3. Josh Hamilton, CF       3. Albert Pujols, 1B
4. Michael Young, 1B       4. Lance Berkman, RF
5. Adrian Beltre, 3B       5. David Freese, 3B
6. Nelson Cruz, RF         6. Yadier Molina, C
7. Mike Napoli, C          7. Rafael Furcal, SS
8. David Murphy, LF        8. Skip Schumaker, CF

SP Matt Harrison, LHP      SP Chris Carpenter, RHP

Nelson Cruz (groin) and Mike Napoli (ankle) are both playing tonight despite getting hurt in Game 6, so Ron Washington is able to go with his standard lineup versus a right-hander pitcher. That means David Murphy in left field and Craig Gentry on the bench, so with a banged-up Hamilton in center field and a banged-up Cruz in right field the Cardinals may be shooting some gaps with fly balls.

Tony La Russa, on the other hand, is shaking things up considerably. For the first time all postseason Rafael Furcal is not in the leadoff spot, as La Russa has dropped the struggling shortstop to seventh. Replacing him atop the lineup is Ryan Theriot, who starts over Nick Punto at second base. Skip Schumaker is making his second straight start in center fielder over Jon Jay. And with Matt Holliday removed from the roster due last night’s wrist injury Allen Craig is starting in left field. Holliday would have hit cleanup, but instead Craig is in his usual No. 2 spot with Lance Berkman cleaning up.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Oct 28, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    I know that Furcal has been struggling but Theriot in the lead off spot…really?

    • unlost1 - Oct 28, 2011 at 5:22 PM

      no, this is going to work out because he can get on base & has speed. furcal wasn’t getting on. just don’t hit & run with craig.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 28, 2011 at 5:29 PM

        Theriot has an OBP of .321 on the season and has 4 SB in 10 attempts….and is 2 for his last 18. Also, he is god awful in the field…..just don’t see this as a good move. Not saying he won’t play well, because who the hell knows…but it is a bad move in my opinion.

      • paperlions - Oct 28, 2011 at 5:40 PM

        Would you quit using facts to back up arguments! Don’t you know how annoying that is?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 28, 2011 at 5:55 PM

        When applied appropriately stats can be our friend.

      • fearlessleader - Oct 28, 2011 at 6:12 PM

        Theriot hit .310 against lefties this year, and he consistently works tough at-bats. With Furcal struggling, it makes sense to give him a shot, with the option of bringing Punto off the bench as a defensive replacement later.

      • paperlions - Oct 28, 2011 at 7:24 PM

        While tough ABs sounds nice, tough ABs that end in outs are still just outs. He is arguably the worst hitter in the lineup….the leadoff spot is no place for your worst hitter.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 28, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    I have a feeling we’re going to remember these lineups.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 28, 2011 at 5:30 PM

      I have a feeling by the 6th inning, the Cardinal line-up will look completely different.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 28, 2011 at 5:33 PM

        Hah, it’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out.

      • miketdark - Oct 28, 2011 at 6:29 PM

        6th? I’m thinking by the 4th!

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