June 2: Giants (29-27) @ Cardinals (37-18)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

In addition to winning a pair of games on Saturday, the Cardinals came through that doubleheader hardly having to call upon the bullpen. The ‘pen covered only two of the 18 innings, setting the Cardinals up to have all seven relievers available for today’s series finale. Edward Mujica and Trevor Rosenthal have now had several days to rest, which eliminates the possibility of having another Thursday night scenario.

Carlos Beltran is out of the lineup due to some fatigue, manager Mike Matheny said. No specific injury concerns, however. Matheny has said that he plans to be liberal with time off for Beltran — hopeful that days off now will preserve his production late in the season. With Beltran sitting, Yadier Molina is batting second for the third time in his last five starts.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Matt Carpenter (2B)
  2. Yadier Molina (C)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Allen Craig (RF)
  5. Matt Adams (1B)
  6. David Freese (3B)
  7. Jon Jay (CF)
  8. Pete Kozma (SS)
  9. Tyler Lyons (LHP)

GIANTS LINEUP:

  1. Andres Torres (LF)
  2. Marco Scutaro (2B)
  3. Buster Posey (C)
  4. Hunter Pence (RF)
  5. Brett Pill (1B)
  6. Joaquin Arias (3B)
  7. Brandon Crawford (SS)
  8. Gregor Blanco (CF)
  9. Chad Gaudin (RHP)

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4 Comments

Good for Beltran. He’s a really hard working player, who has had injury issues in the past. There are other qualified players that also hit that can give him a break. GO CARDS!!!

Some commentators criticized Matheny’s loyalty to Boggs. What about keeping Holiday batting third all the time when he is such a poor clutch hitter? Should he not be dropped to 7 or so to see if he can become more motivated?

Jenifer, I understand that you may not want to burn any credibility on an objectively minor, but contentious, thing like today’s ejections. However, I hope you’ll try to dig a little deeper into what was going on there. From where I sat, it looked like a situation where everyone possible was in the wrong — but it is easy to say that from a thousand miles away and not hearing what was, and was not, being said on the field.

Here is the link to the full story, with commentary from all parties involved: the umpire, the player, the coach and the manager –http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130602&content_id=49404562&vkey=news_stl&c_id=stl

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