September 16: Cardinals (76-70) @ Dodgers (76-70)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

A few quick notes before the Cards wrap up a seven-game road trip with one more game in LA:

  • Should the Cardinals carry a close lead late, manager Mike Matheny will have to make some critical decisions on how to use his bullpen. The usual Edward Mujica (7th), Mitchell Boggs (8th) and Jason Motte (9th) sequence will not be in play. Boggs is expected to be unavailable due to lower back tightness he first felt in yesterday’s appearance. Mujica has pitched in three straight games, so his status is questionable.
  • Look for the club to announce its rotation plans after the game. The team has announced that Kyle Lohse will pitch Tuesday and Lance Lynn will pitch Wednesday. Whether it is Jaime Garcia or Chris Carpenter on Thursday remains the unknown. Also, the fact that Lynn earned another start suggests that Joe Kelly is headed back to the bullpen.
  • Matheny has been none-too-pleased with the fundamental mistakes his club has made recently. Missed bunts and failed situational hitting, in particular, have bugged the Cardinals on this road trip. More from Matheny on the topic later on cardinals.com.
  • In case you missed it in last night’s wrap, the Dodgers’ win on Saturday assures them of winning the season series against the Cardinals. The significance? If the two teams tie for the second Wild Card, the Dodgers will be the ones to host St. Louis in a play-in, tiebreaker game.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Jon Jay (CF)
  2. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Allen Craig (1B)
  5. Yadier Molina (C)
  6. David Freese (3B)
  7. Skip Schumaker (2B)
  8. Pete Kozma (SS)
  9. Adam Wainwright (RHP)

DODGERS LINEUP:

  1. Shane Victorino (LF)
  2. Andre Ethier (RF)
  3. Matt Kemp (CF)
  4. Adrian Gonzalez (1B)
  5. Hanley Ramirez (SS)
  6. Luis Cruz (3B)
  7. Mark Ellis (2B)
  8. Matt Treanor (C)
  9. Stephen Fife (RHP)

Division standings are here. Wild card are here.

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2 Comments

I know how to fix the bunting problem. Stop doing it.

Best insight I’ve seen in a comment here in ages. I generally think fairly highly of MM as a manager, but he bunts WAY too much.

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