Day 17: Cardinals (0-1) @ Marlins (1-0)
There will be organizational debuts on Saturday, including those of shortstop Jhonny Peralta and second baseman Mark Ellis. Outfielders Randal Grichuk and Joey Butler are also set to make their first start in a game with the Cardinals.
Manager Mike Matheny has stressed that the batting orders he employs now are not necessarily indicative of what he intends to do during the regular season. Peralta, for instance, seems a strong candidate to fit into the two-hole this season. But without Allen Craig, Matt Adams or Yadier Molina in the lineup, the Cardinals needed another option in the cleanup spot today.
Lance Lynn gets the start; Randy Choate, Sam Freeman, Lee Stoppelman and Seth Maness will be among those ready to pitch in relief. As was the case with Carlos Martinez yesterday, Lynn will have a pitch count of about 40. How deep he gets into his start will depend upon his efficiency.
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