April 23: Cardinals (11-8) @ Nationals (10-9)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Matt Adams (right oblique tightness) remains out of the Cardinals’ lineup, though he did say on Tuesday afternoon that he is improving. So much so, in fact, that Adams was cleared to take groundballs and throw during pregame batting practice. He has still not started to swing again. The Cardinals are optimistic that the oblique issue will not send Adams to the DL. That said, I wouldn’t expect him to play any earlier than Friday.

With lefty Ross Detwiler pitching for Washington, Shane Robinson earns the start in center for St. Louis. Robinson has now started two of the last three games in which a left-hander has opposed the Cardinals. Could this be the path to a strict platoon situation in center? Manager Mike Matheny wouldn’t go there, instead emphasizing that Jon Jay remains the team’s everyday center fielder. However, Jay is clearly not right offensively, so expect to see Robinson in the lineup with more frequency than he has been until Jay finds his swing.

Adam Wainwright enters the start still having not walked a batter this season (29 IP). That’s the longest such stretch by a Cardinal pitcher to open a season since Pea Ridge Day (29.2 IP) in 1925. The franchise record was set by Slim Sallee, who didn’t walk a batter in his first 40 IP in 1913. Wainwright’s start here at Nationals Park is his first since he couldn’t make it through three innings in Game 5 of the 2012 NLDS. In five regular-season appearances at Nationals Park, Wainwright has a 6.00 ERA.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

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

NATIONALS LINEUP:

  1. Denard Span (CF)
  2. Jayson Werth (RF)
  3. Bryce Harper (LF)
  4. Adam LaRoche (1B)
  5. Ian Desmond (SS)
  6. Anthony Rendon (3B)
  7. Danny Espinosa (2B)
  8. Kurt Suzuki (C)
  9. Ross Detwiler (LHP)

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1 Comment

Jennifer – This coming Friday, the Cardinals are giving away rings from the 2006 World Series. Since I am 86 years old and can’t travel, and impossible for me to attend games, do you know if it would be possible for me to buy one ? Thanks…..F.D. Gordon, Champaign, Il.

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