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National League Wild Card Game: Reds-Pirates lineups

Oct 1, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

Clint Hurdle, Marlon Byrd, Dusty Baker, Mark Carlson, Gerry Davis AP

Here are the lineups for tonight’s National League Wild Card Game between the Reds and Pirates, in Pittsburgh:

Reds:
CF Shin-Soo Choo
LF Ryan Ludwick
1B Joey Votto
2B Brandon Phillips
RF Jay Bruce
3B Todd Frazier
SS Zack Cozart
C Ryan Hanigan
SP Johnny Cueto

Ryan Ludwick only drew three starts as the No. 2 hitter all season, but they were in the final three games of the year and with left-hander Francisco Liriano on the mound manager Dusty Baker no doubt wanted a right-handed bat with some pop between lefties Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto. Zack Cozart, who was the primary No. 2 hitter for the Reds this season despite a ghastly .284 on-base percentage, is now hitting seventh.

Pirates:
LF Starling Marte
2B Neil Walker
CF Andrew McCutchen
1B Justin Morneau
RF Marlon Byrd
3B Pedro Alvarez
C Russell Martin
SS Clint Barmes
SP Francisco Liriano

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is going with his standard late-season lineup, which includes Starling Marte starting in left field and leading off and trade pickups Justin Morneau and Marlon Byrd in the 4-5 spots. Overall this season the Pirates’ most-used cleanup hitters were Garrett Jones and Pedro Alvarez, but Jones is on the bench in favor of Morneau and Alvarez is down in the sixth spot.

  1. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    I hope Votto walks in the winning run. Would create some massively amusing narrative.

    • ezthinking - Oct 1, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      If Votto’s pitching and ‘walks in the winning run’ we will have a helluva narrative going.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:33 PM

        I think it’s pretty obvious that I meant that he be walked with the bases loaded causing the winning run to score.

      • ezthinking - Oct 1, 2013 at 7:30 PM

        As foghorn Leghorn would say,

        “That’s a joke, son. Don’tcha get it?”

  2. stoutfiles - Oct 1, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Dusty has consistently found the teams worst hitter and batted him second. First it was Cozart for half the year, then when Frazier started slumping worse than Cozart he started batting there. Big reason Votto has so few RBIs.

    Dusty! Hey Dusty! The second batter is pretty important! Stop putting our worst batter there!

    • jm91rs - Oct 1, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      Isn’t that the definition of insanity? Trying the same thing over and over again expecting different results?

      Newsflash for Mr. Baker, the Pirates went right after Joey Votto all weekend (and pretty much had their way with him). You’re not protecting Ludwick by sticking him in front of Votto. I hope Ludwick gets hot, but I’d rather see him struggling in the 4 hole than the 2.

    • ezthinking - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      Who hits second then, Oh, wise one? Hmmm…. I don’t think the Reds can trade for Jose Reyes, Tulo, or Elvis Andrus right now.

      Reds are in the playoffs. 90-72 this season.

      Dusty has the 16th most wins all time as a manager in MLB history. More wins and the same winning percentage as a scrubs like Tommy Lasorda. Maybe he’s making due with what he has. Pretty well at that.

      • Uncle Charlie - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:35 PM

        The reds have one despite of crusty’s best efforts. Last weekend was a great example of Dusty’s idiotic lineups (Hamilton should be playing instead of ludwick, Philips shouldn’t be anywhere near the cleanup spot, Bruce should be batting fourth) and his ability to wait one inning too long before going to the bullpen, then playing the worse pitcher in high leverage situations, Ex. ondrusek.

      • Uncle Charlie - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:36 PM

        Oh and hanigan.

      • ezthinking - Oct 1, 2013 at 7:33 PM

        Hanigan? .306 OBP for the season and .235 in September? Great pick.

      • Uncle Charlie - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:47 PM

        So right it hurts.

  3. proudlycanadian - Oct 1, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    The three leading Canadian cities are represented in this game. Votto is from a Toronto suburb. Morneau is from a Vancouver suburb. Martin was born in a Toronto suburb, but grew up in Montreal.

  4. bsplaincs - Oct 1, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Does anyone know if Teddy Kremer there special Batboy is joining the team for tonights game????

    • jm91rs - Oct 1, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      I’m guessing not on a road game, but if they get a home game I hope to see him there. I’d love more national spotlight on Teddy and his enthusiasm.

  5. steelers88 - Oct 1, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    I would have started Billy Hamilton in LF.

  6. jcmeyer10 - Oct 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Baseball is going up on the projector and hockey will be on the LED TV right next to it. Cannot wait for tonight.

    Nothing beats one game, loser goes home.

  7. johnnysoda - Oct 1, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Go Bucs!

  8. jonrox - Oct 1, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    It also bears mentioning that Dusty’s usage of Devin Mesoraco over the last two years has been atrocious, and it’s culminating with this lineup in which the Reds’ best catcher is not starting.

  9. steelers88 - Oct 1, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Whatever happens tonight win or lose its been a HELL of a run and year. Thank you Pirates for making Pittsburgh a baseball town again! The Pirates are a HELL of a team! LET’S GO BUCS!

  10. theroc5156 - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    I have absolutely no faith in the Reds based on how they ended the season with a whimper. They haven’t hit in over two weeks and now going against a rejuvenated Liriano, I don’t see them getting more than a few meaningless singles. Damn shame.

    What inning does Cueto complain of a “lat pull”?

  11. docboss - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    ‘Cards really don’t want to see Reds. As a ‘Cards fan, I fear LA because of their lefties. Good luck to all… Except LA.

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