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Matt Holliday out third straight game with stiff back

Sep 24, 2013, 6:17 PM EDT

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Matt Holliday is out of the Cardinals’ starting lineup for a third consecutive game on Tuesday night versus the Nationals. Shane Robinson will start in left field in his place and bat second against Washington left-hander Gio Gonzalez.

The Cardinals have a two-game buffer over the Pirates and Reds in the National League Central standings, so maybe this is a precautionary thing. But a three-game absence is typically a red flag.

St. Louis is still missing Allen Craig, who suffered a sprained foot earlier this month and might not be ready for action until sometime in mid-October. The Cardinals have had the most productive offense in the National League this year with 760 runs scored and will continue to try to weather the storm.

  1. cincinata - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    This is a big blow to the birds. If they can not beat Gio tonight, they will have to rush Holliday back into the lineup Wed. I don’t think they can survive both Craig and Holliday out for long. By the same token, the Reds have Cueto and Marshall back and throwing well, just in time of the post season. Now, if only the Reds could pick up the timely hitting. They leave too many on base. I like the Red’s chances, however I am not celebrating just yet.

    • spudchukar - Sep 24, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      And I like the Cards chances. Next five at home, finishing with Chicago while the Reds entertain the Buccos, even if they have to do it without Holliday.

      If the Pirates happen to win tonight, and the Reds lose, I would advise them to push Liriano back a day and have the trio of Liriano, Burnett, and Morton to face the Reds.

    • spudchukar - Sep 24, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      And I’m liking my chances even more, now, Go Mets Go.

  2. cincinata - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    A great job by Wacha last night. After the Reds folded, I saw the ninth on MLB. Too bad, but Wacha will be back, if not this year, then he will get a no-hitter at some point. He looks very good, throwing 95+ in the ninth. See my comments above. It happened exactly as I said. Lots of hits and lots of men LOB. I am officially giving up for this year. I can’t think of them beating PGH again like they did last week. Then they will have to play one game to get into the post season. (I don’t consider the one game playoff the post season). Good luck to the NL in the series, whoever wins.

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