May 6: Cardinals (17-16) @ Braves (17-14)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

0506141552Peter Bourjos’ 2-for-4 night did not earn him another start on Tuesday. Instead, manager Mike Matheny turns back to Jon Jay, who has been making most of the starts against right-handed pitchers over the past three weeks. Matheny will share his reasoning behind the switch with the media in a bit, though this is a move that strikes me as one he made with an eye on the short-term (preferring the matchup) rather than the long-term (trying to get Bourjos going). With left-hander Mike Minor starting on Wednesday, Matheny may just start a different centerfielder in each of these three games.

Yadier Molina remains in the No. 2 hole (a short-term stay, Matheny has said), and Daniel Descalso draws the start at second base. He is 2-for-3 in his career against Gavin Floyd; Mark Ellis is 1-for-14. This is the 29th batting order used in 34 games this season.

To read the full game preview, click here. The Braves enter the day on a seven-game losing streak. As for the Cardinals, they are looking to string together three wins for just the second time this season. Matheny had his hitters out at Turner Field early today for an extra session of batting practice.

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1 Comment

Question for Jennifer from the lighter side… It’s fairly common to see the cameras catching the players (especially the pitchers on off days) cuttin’ up or being goofy in the dugout. Do you know if Yadi with number 4 on his back ever teases his rookie pitchers like Lyons, number 70, for the sky high numbers like on their uniforms. I just wonder what kind of stuff Molina kids around about with his young stable of arms.

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