Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the Cardinals-Phillies series tonight:
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
1. Rafael Furcal, SS 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Skip Schumaker, CF 2. Chase Utley, 2B
3. Albert Pujols, 1B 3. Hunter Pence, RF
4. Lance Berkman, RF 4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Matt Holliday, LF 5. Shane Victorino, CF
6. Yadier Molina, C 6. Raul Ibanez, LF
7. David Freese, 3B 7. Placido Polanco, 3B
8. Nick Punto, 2B 8. Carlos Ruiz, C
SP Chris Carpenter, RHP SP Roy Halladay, RHP
No changes for the Phillies, who stick with the same lineup they used in Game 4.
Tony La Russa, however, did not stick with the same group, benching Jon Jay while shifting Skip Schumaker to center field and inserting Nick Punto into the lineup at second base. As promised Matt Holliday will again play through his hand injury, with Allen Craig on the bench.
Free agent reliever Bryan Shaw has received two multiyear offers, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The teams in question have not been revealed, but the demand for Shaw is expected to be high as he comes off of a career-best season.
The 30-year-old right-hander went 4-6 in 79 appearances for the Indians, drawing a 3.52 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 in 76 2/3 innings. He ranked 12th among qualified relievers with 1.6 fWAR, his highest mark to date, and proved instrumental in helping the club reach their second consecutive division title in 2017.
The Mets are the last known team to show interest in Shaw, as the New York Post’s Mike Puma reported Wednesday. Nothing has been officially confirmed by the club yet, naturally, but they could still use a couple of arms to round out the bullpen behind Jerry Blevins, AJ Ramos and Jeurys Familia and it’s worth noting that the right-hander has already worked closely with Mets’ skipper and former Indians’ pitching coach Mickey Callaway. While Shaw’s proven consistency and durability should appeal to a wide variety of teams, he’s due for a big payday after making just $4.6 million in his last year with the Indians.