April 13: Brewers (2-7) @ Cardinals (6-4)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The Cardinals unveiled a new alternative jersey over the winter and that off-white jersey will make its debut this afternoon. It, too, has the Stan Musial patch on the left sleeve, and it is distinguished by the fact that it has St. Louis — not Cardinals — sewn across the front.

There’s potential for a pitcher’s duel this afternoon with staff aces Adam Wainwright and Yovani Gallardo taking the mound. Gallardo, though, has had anything but ace-like numbers against the Cardinals in his career. He enters today with a 1-9 record and 6.72 ERA in 14 starts against St. Louis. His only win came at Busch Stadium in May 2011.

Pete Kozma is out of the lineup for the first time this season. Manager Mike Matheny gives Kozma a day to rest and also finds a way to get Daniel Descaslo involved. With the way Matt Carpenter is hitting, it’s hard to imagine Descalso getting much playing time at second in the immediate future. Allen Craig moves out of the cleanup spot as Matheny tries to find a way to jumpstart Craig’s bat.

On an aside, earlier in the week I watched an advanced screening of the new movie, “42,” which visually tells the story of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier. I wholeheartedly recommend going to see the movie, and would also suggest that you read the movie review colleague Tom Singer wrote for MLB.com. You can find that story here. Robinson will be honored across baseball on Monday, which is Jackie Robinson Day.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

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

BREWERS LINEUP:

  1. Norichika Aoki (RF)
  2. Jean Segura (SS)
  3. Ryan Braun (LF)
  4. Rickie Weeks (2B)
  5. Logan Schafer (CF)
  6. Martin Maldonado (C)
  7. Yuniesky Betancourt (3B)
  8. Blake Lalli (1B)
  9. Yovani Gallardo (RHP)

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2 Comments

I’m not sure why the team needs an alternative jersey. Maybe they’re not sure the iconic birds on the bat with Cardinals below will go over with the fans? In any event I hope they don’t start wearing it on alternate days or series or some other idiotic system. The existing unis are something that everyone recognizes and all the Cardinal fans have loved for years. Don’t mess with it!

I’ll agree that the current traditional uniforms are one of the most recognizable in baseball and to some – the best. St. Louis has had a proud tradition of altering their uniforms every 10-15 years on average coming up with great uni after great uni. With that being said, the new alternate uniform is a “10” vs. the “8”ish of the current home uniform. I’m in favor of making the new alternate uniform the regular home uniform. In my mind, the alternate uniform is the coolest and sharpest looking uniform in baseball. It ties in a bit of our modern look with the deep nostalgic history that has blessed the St. Louis organization for over 100 years. TWO THUMBS UP!!!

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