May 4: Phillies @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/

Records: Cardinals (13-14, -7.0 in NL Central), Phillies (16-11, -2.5 in NL East)

First pitch: 7:15 p.m. CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, KMOX 1120

Cardinals lineup: Aledmys Diaz (SS), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Randal Grichuk (CF), Yadier Molina (1B), Jedd Gyorko (2B), Ruben Tejada (3B), Eric Fryer (C), Mike Leake (RHP)

Phillies lineup: Odubel Herrera (CF), Freddy Galvis (SS), Maikel Franco (3B), Ryan Howard (1B), Carlos Ruiz (C), Cesar Hernandez (2B), David Lough (RF), Adam Morgan (LHP), Tyler Goeddel (LF)

Transactions: Tommy Pham (oblique strain) has begun a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis

Reading material:

  • Despite one mistake, Michael Wacha returns to old form vs. Phillies (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 1-0 loss to the Phillies on Tuesday (link)
  • How Matt Adams is foiling the shift by bunting and driving balls the opposite way (link)
  • Reliever Mitch Harris gets clearance to resume throwing program (link)

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Two catchers and no first baseman?

MM gotta choose a lineup and stick with it! If a player isn’t producing, bench him or send him down until he gets his head straight (and swing locked in)! At this point, relying on Grichuk and Piscotty and Wong ain’t workin’!
Yadi, Adams, Gyorko, Diaz (until Peralta can play), Carp, Matthew and choose two outfielders (get Pham ready)!

Well, Yadi’s had a hot bat lately, and maybe he needs a break from catching…so looks like he’ll be playing 1B tonite. Plus Aledmys will be the lead-off batter for the first time. Guess MM wants to keep switching it up until things click?

I like the changes. Gotta try something.

Heard someone talking about Pham being back in time for the Cards’ next road trip. I think Hazelbaker was the one that took his place on the roster up ’til now. So I wonder what MM will do?

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