July 19: Padres (42-54) @ Cardinals (57-36)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Welcome to the start of baseball’s second half, though it’s really not a half at all. With 93 games already having been played, the Cardinals have another 69 left. Twenty-four of those will be against the Pirates and Reds; those head-to-head matchups begin later this month. On Friday, it’s the Padres and former Cardinal Jason Marquis to worry about. July has not been too kind to San Diego. Since the Padres evened their record at 40-40, they’ve gone 2-14.

The Cardinals will oppose Marquis with a lineup still sans Matt Holliday. Holliday took batting practice on Friday for the second straight day, but he did not pass all the running tests needed to be cleared to start. Manager Mike Matheny estimated Holliday being at about 80 percent health; Holliday said he still felt a little discomfort in his right hamstring when running earlier this afternoon. He could be available to pinch-hit tonight, though the Cardinals made no guarantees.

Also, in case you missed the news yesterday, Fernando Salas has been recalled to join the bullpen. Also, Chris Carpenter will be making his next rehab start tomorrow with Memphis. He’s expected to throw 75-80 pitches in that outing.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Matt Carpenter (2B)
  2. Jon Jay (CF)
  3. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  4. Allen Craig (LF)
  5. Yadier Molina (C)
  6. Matt Adams (1B)
  7. David Freese (3B)
  8. Pete Kozma (SS)
  9. Jake Westbrook (RHP)

PADRES LINEUP:

  1. Everth Cabrera (SS)
  2. Chase Headley (3B)
  3. Carlos Quentin (LF)
  4. Yonder Alonso (1B)
  5. Jedd Gyorko (2B)
  6. Will Venable (RF)
  7. Alexi Amarista (CF)
  8. Nick Hundley (C)
  9. Jason Marquis (RHP)

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