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Cardinal lineup and notes: Run differential, Chris Carpenter, Aledmys Diaz

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The Cardinals face the Braves this afternoon; the game will be on Fox Sports Midwest at noon CST. Here is the lineup (courtesy of Dan McLaughlin):

  • 3B Matt Carpenter
  • LF Jon Jay
  • DH Matt Holliday
  • 1B Allen Craig
  • C Yadier Molina
  • SS Jhonny Peralta
  • 2B Mark Ellis
  • CF Peter Bourjos
  • RF Stephen Piscotty
  • SP Lance Lynn

Scheduled pitchers: Randy Choate, Tyler Lyons, Lee Stoppelman, Trevor Rosenthal, Eric Fornataro, Sam Gaviglio.

Steve Dorsey of MLB.com talks to Mike Matheny about spring records. The Cardinals have the third worst record this spring at 3-7-2; the Reds (4-11) and Phillies (3-10) are looking worse. Looking at the numbers since 2006, the team has only had a losing spring record once (2011). What’s more disturbing is the fact that they have allowed more runs than they’ve scored; the team’s run differential is -22. Since 2006, the team has not left Jupiter with a negative run differential.

Chris Carpenter discusses his retirement with Derrick Goold; he’s at peace with his decision. The team will miss having Carp in the clubhouse every day, but it’s nice that he’ll still work with the club. The idea of him becoming a pitching coach would be appealing; he’s got a great feel for the game and works well with young pitchers.

Viva el Birdos looks at where Aledmys Diaz might start the season by looking at the middle infield options at each level of the system. Memphis is pretty full on shortstop, which is what the Cardinals want him to play. Springfield is an appealing option; they won’t be blocking a prospect and it’s close to St. Louis.

Cardinal prospect Jordan Swagerty has a blog through MLB. He likes to keep the readers informed on his come back from surgery and this throwing. It’s an interesting read; he just needs to update it more.

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