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Cardinal lineup and notes: Diaz, Memphis, projections

Molina is batting in the 2 hole today.
Molina is batting in the 2 hole today.
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Today we have the Cardinals facing the Washington Nationals; Aledmys Diaz is set to make his debut, starting at shortstop. Here is the lineup courtesy of Dan McLaughlin:

  • CF Shane Robinson
  • C Yadier Molina
  • LF Matt Holliday
  • RF Allen Craig
  • 1B Matt Adams
  • 2B Kolten Wong
  • 3B Pete Kozma
  • SS Aledmys Diaz
  • SP Adam Wainwright

Scheduled pitchers: Randy Choate, Sam Freeman, Pat Neshek, Trevor Rosenthal, Seth Maness, Keith Butler, Jose Almarante, Ronnie Shaban.

This is an interesting lineup today; it’s probably the only time that Molina will bat second and Wong 6th all season. Molina will normally bat 5th and Wong will either be in the 2 hole or in the 7th or 8th spot, depending on who else is playing. It’s interesting to see Shane Robinson lead off; while he won’t be starting much, he does have the speed to work at the top of the lineup.

The guys on the Gateway Redbirds board discuss Fangraphs projected standings for 2014; the Cardinal are projected to have an 87-75 record, which seems awful low. In fact, all of the projected records are questionable, as only the Dodgers win more than 90 games (91) and the worst record is the Astros at 67-95. Normally, there are 3-4 teams in each league with 90+ wins and probably 1-2 with at least 100 losses.

Cardinals Farm looks at the projected Springfield Cardinal roster; there are some really intriguing names here. James Ramsey seems out of place here, as he finished 2013 at Triple A Memphis; as the article states, there is an outfield backup in Memphis. Randal Grichuk, Oscar Taveras, and Stephen Piscotty figure to be the starters in Memphis with Joey Butler the 4th outfielder.

RetroSimba looks at the Cardinals’ record versus the Reds on opening day; in 17 games, the team is 9-8. The last time the 2 opened the season against each other, the Cards won 11-6 in 2010. The team received 2 homers from Albert Pujols and Molina’s first MLB Grand Slam. The Cardinals will be facing a Reds team that lost Shin-Soo Choo and Bronson Arroyo in the off-season and closer Aroldis Chapman, who took a line drive off the face Wednesday night.

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