Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the Phillies-Cardinals series:
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 1. Rafael Furcal, SS
2. Chase Utley, 2B 2. Allen Craig, LF
3. Hunter Pence, RF 3. Albert Pujols, 1B
4. Ryan Howard, 1B 4. Lance Berkman, RF
5. Shane Victorino, CF 5. David Freese, 3B
6. John Mayberry Jr., LF 6. Yadier Molina, C
7. Placido Polanco, 3B 7. Ryan Theriot, 2B
8. Carlos Ruiz, C 8. Jon Jay, CF
9. Cole Hamels, SP 9. Jaime Garcia, SP
As hinted yesterday, the big difference for the Phillies here is John Mayberry Jr. starting in left field over Raul Ibanez against the left-hander Jaime Garcia. Mayberry batted .306/.358/.595 with eight homers and .953 OPS over 120 plate appearances against southpaws this season while Ibanez batted just .211/.232/.353 with four homers and a .585 OPS over 138 plate appearances. Otherwise, this is the same lineup we saw in the first two games.
As for the Cardinals, this is the exact same lineup Tony La Russa used in Game 2 against left-hander Cliff Lee. The only difference is that Lance Berkman is back in right field while Allen Craig is playing left. The first seven batters in the order will hit from the right side of the plate, including Ryan Theriot, who makes his second straight start over Skip Schumaker at second base. Matt Holliday is out of the lineup again due to his ailing right middle finger, but is available to pinch-hit.
The Mets entered Sunday night’s game against the Pirates with a disappointing 20-27 record. While the club has dealt with a litany of injuries, manager Terry Collins has also drawn criticism for in-game decision-making, particularly regarding his decision-making.
Owner Fred Wilpon is still Collins’ strongest supporter, however, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports. As a result, the team is unlikely to make a managerial change anytime soon. If the Mets continue to struggle, though, ownership may feel pressured to make a change.
Collins became the longest-tenured manager in Mets history last week. Collins managed the Mets to a 77-85 record in 2011 and has overall helped the club go 501-518, winning the NL Pennant in 2015. He is not signed to a contract beyond this season.
Twins first baseman Joe Mauer had a game for the record books on Sunday against the Rays. He finished 4-for-5 with an RBI double, a solo home run, two singles, and three walks in eight plate appearances. Unfortunately for him, the Twins still lost 8-6 in 15 innings.
ESPN’s Stats & Info notes that Mauer is the first Twin to reach base seven times in one game since Rod Carew in 1972 against the Brewers. The last player to reach base seven times in one game (without the aid of an error) was Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford on August 8 last season against the Marlins. The feat has only been accomplished seven times this decade, so about once a year.
After Sunday’s game, Mauer is batting .283/.363/.408 with three home runs, 18 RBI, and 23 runs scored in 171 plate appearances. Not too shabby.