June 1: Cardinals (27-24) @ Mets (28-23)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Unsurprisingly, the spotlight shone brightly on outfielder Carlos Beltran this afternoon. It is, after all, his first trip back to New York since leaving the Mets in a Trade Deadline deal last July. Check cardinals.com later this evening for more on Beltran’s thoughts about being back and on the time he spent here in New York.

Beltran’s return to NYC just so happens to coincide with his return to center field, too. Wanting to get Allen Craig, Matt Adams and Beltran into the same lineup, manager Mike Matheny slid Beltran over to his natural position. Matheny has said he doesn’t believe center will be harder on Beltran’s achy knees, but this also isn’t likely to turn into a situation where Beltran plays there every day.

Several bits of news came out before anyone even got to the ballpark on Friday. General manager John Mozeliak discussed the results of Jon Jay’s recent shoulder examination, and you can read more about that here. Also, the Cardinals promoted left-hander Sam Freeman, so they now have two southpaws in the bullpen. The team also made another pair of roster moves Skip Schumaker was placed on the DL; Craig came off of it. Matheny estimated that Schumaker will miss 2-4 weeks with the hamstring injury. Craig sat out the minimum 15 days with his hamstring ailment.

Much more news to pass along, so check out the cardinals.com notebook tonight. And tune into the game, too, as it could turn out to be quite the dandy pitching matchup.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Rafael Furcal (SS)
  2. Carlos Beltran (CF)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Allen Craig (RF)
  5. David Freese (3B)
  6. Yadier Molina (C)
  7. Matt Adams (1B)
  8. Tyler Greene (2B)
  9. Adam Wainwright (RHP)

METS LINEUP:

  1. Mike Baxter (LF)
  2. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (CF)
  3. David Wright (3B)
  4. Lucas Duda (RF)
  5. Daniel Murphy (2B)
  6. Ike Davis (1B)
  7. Josh Thole (C)
  8. Omar Quintanilla (SS)
  9. Johan Santana (LHP)

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1 Comment

Maybe the cards could hire Santana as their pitching coach. Unlike the cardnials he seems to know where the strike zone is. None of the Cardinals seem to know.

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