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Cardinal lineup and notes: Kolten Wong, Brett Wallace, Cardinal HOF

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Here is today’s lineup against the Mets (courtesty of Rick Hummel).

  • 3B Matt Carpenter
  • CF Peter Bourjos
  • LF Shane Robinson
  • 1B Matt Adams
  • RF Stephen Piscotty
  • 2B Kolten Wong
  • DH Randall Grichuk
  • C Tony Cruz
  • SS Pete Kozma
  • SP Carlos Martinez

Scheduled pitchers: No word yet, so check back prior to game time. The game is at noon CST, but not televised locally.

Jenifer Langosch has a good write up on Kolten Wong buying into his talent. "I just had to come in here and relax," he said. "I put so much pressure on myself because I wanted to come in here and just be the guy instead of coming in here and being who I am and doing what I need to do to help the team win. Talking with Mike helped a lot; then [it was] just knowing that I'm confident with myself, that I can play at this level and then buying into it." Matheny told Wong to start having fun again. Wong has started to come around, as everyone has been hoping. The kid has the ability to play and has done so at every level. After a double and a homer yesterday, he’s raised his average to .250 for the spring. He’s on track to be the starting second baseman.

Former Cardinal first round pick Brett Wallace has been release by the Astros, according to MLB Trade Rumors. Wallace, drafted as a third baseman, was playing first for the Astros but never was able to translate his college success to pro baseball. Wallace was the key piece in the deal that brought Matt Holliday to St. Louis from Oakland; he's also been with the Blue Jays, but never played a game. He should catch on with another team at the Triple A level; if not, look for him to end up in Indy Ball.

Phins at GatewayRedbirds shares his top 21 prospects for the Cardinals. There is some great analysis here. This is probably one of the better lists available. Join the forum to chime in on his list.

Remember to vote for the Cardinals Hall of Fame. The final 2 spots are up for fan votes and the ballot includes Jim Edmonds, Willie McGee, Ted Simmons, Mark McGwire, Bob Forsch, Keith Hernandez, Matt Morris, and Joe Torre. Voting ends 04/22/2014 and you can vote as many times as you want.

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