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NLDS Game 2 lineups: Cardinals vs. Nationals

Oct 8, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

source: AP

Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the NLDS between the Cardinals and Nationals, in St. Louis:

1. Jon Jay, CF                 1. Jayson Werth, RF
2. Carlos Beltran, RF          2. Bryce Harper, CF
3. Matt Holliday, LF           3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Allen Craig, 1B             4. Adam LaRoche, 1B
5. Yadier Molina, C            5. Michael Morse, LF
6. David Freese, 3B            6. Ian Desmond, SS
7. Daniel Descalso, 2B         7. Danny Espinosa, 2B
8. Pete Kozma, SS              8. Kurt Suzuki, C
9. Jaime Garcia, LHP           9. Jordan Zimmermann, RHP

Both teams are going with the exact same lineups they had in Game 1, which is interesting because the handedness of the pitchers changed for both sides. St. Louis is starting left-hander Jaime Garcia after using right-hander Adam Wainwright in Game 1, while Washington is starting right-hander Jordan Zimmermann after using left-hander Gio Gonzalez.

Of course, it’s not like it would make any sense for Mike Matheny to bench any of his all right-handed 3-4-5-6 hitters and the only left-handed hitters in Davey Johnson’s lineup are Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche.

The first pitch is at 4:37 ET, so feel free to hang out in the comments section during the game.

  1. shynessismyelguapo - Oct 8, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    My prediction: The Nationals walk 12, hit 3 batsmen and commit three errors.
    The Cardinals score 1 run.

  2. El Bravo - Oct 8, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    “The first pitch is at 4:37 ET, so feel free to hang out in the comments section during the game.” Is this like Tron? Will we be able to escape if we “hang” around too long? I don’t think I can handle being trapped inside HBT commentary world with all of these Pheeliees Phans…they smell off….

  3. goskinsvt - Oct 8, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Kind of surprised that Espinosa is in the lineup for the Nats after yesterday’s performance, thought Lombardozzi might see some playing time.

    • section138 - Oct 8, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      Danny’s left side has always been his bad side. Career slash when hitting righty: .276/.346/.467/OPS.814. His career OPS+ is 124 right handed, versus 93 from the left side.

  4. darthicarus - Oct 8, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Any updates if Bryce Harper urinated during BP?

    • natstowngreg - Oct 8, 2012 at 4:18 PM

      Very unlikely, due to Espinosa’s defense.

      Even if Davey put Lombardozzi in, it would be vs. a RHP.

    • natstowngreg - Oct 8, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      Oops, this was in response to the comment re: Espinosa.

  5. sportsdrenched - Oct 8, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    so feel free to hang out in the comments section during the game.

    Don’t mind if I do. Is there any beer in the fridge?

  6. sportsdrenched - Oct 8, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Joe West is not only umpiring in the post season…he’s a freakin Crew Chief? Another blite on the game we should blame on Bud Selig (fairly or unfairly)

    KC Chiefs > Joe West Crew Chief

  7. stex52 - Oct 8, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Here’s a case where a healthy and playing Lance Berkman might have been an asset for the Cards. But you play the hand you are dealt………….

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