Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the Cardinals-Giants series in San Francisco:
3B Matt Carpenter
CF Jon Jay
LF Matt Holliday
1B Matt Adams
SS Jhonny Peralta
C A.J. Pierzynski
2B Kolten Wong
RF Randal Grichuk
SP John Lackey
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was forced to make some changes due to Yadier Molina’s injury and (as discussed in this space yesterday) he’s decided on A.J. Pierzynski instead of longtime backup Tony Cruz behind the plate. Pierzynski bats sixth, which was Molina’s usual spot.
CF Gregor Blanco
2B Joe Panik
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
RF Hunter Pence
1B Brandon Belt
LF Travis Ishikawa
SS Brandon Crawford
SP Tim Hudson
Giants manager Bruce Bochy moved Brandon Crawford up in the lineup following a big September and the shortstop came through with a grand slam in the Wild Card Game, but he’s struggled since then and is now back batting eighth. Travis Ishikawa remains in left field over Michael Morse.
Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox “do have an interest” in Kevin Long, who was fired as the Yankees’ hitting coach last week.
Long was the Yankees’ hitting coach from 2007 to 2014, during which time they scored the second-most runs in all of baseball. However, as injuries and aging wrecked the roster in recent years they ranked among the worst offenses in the American League.
This season the Yankees ranked 13th in the 15-team league with 633 runs and the Red Sox scored exactly one more run with 634. Boston’s hitting coach, Greg Colbrunn, stepped down two weeks ago.
Lots of times when we post something a player tweeted it’s because they said something regrettable, but this back-and-forth involving Nationals reliever Jerry Blevins made me smile:
About three-and-a-half hours before the scheduled first pitch MLB announced that Game 3 of the ALCS between the Orioles and Royals has been postponed due to projected rain tonight in Kansas City.
Game 3 will instead be played Tuesday night, followed by Game 4 on Wednesday afternoon and Game 5 on Thursday afternoon. And the scheduled off day Thursday has been washed way. Game 6 and Game 7 remain as scheduled.
Both teams are sticking with their original Game 3 starters, so Baltimore will go with Wei-Yin Chen and Kansas City will go with Jeremy Guthrie.
And now we’re all free to, like, do something productive with ours lives tonight. I heard “Gilmore Girls” is on Netflix now.
When the Cardinals added A.J. Pierzynski to the NLCS roster after leaving him off the NLDS roster it seemed like an inconsequential move, but now that Yadier Molina is out with a strained oblique muscle the veteran catcher might actually be needed.
Last night when Molina exited the game manager Mike Matheny called on longtime backup Tony Cruz to fill in, but when Molina was out for an extended period during the regular season the Cardinals gave Pierzynski a lot of action behind the plate.
Pierzynski hit just .244 with one homer and a .600 OPS in 30 games, so perhaps Matheny saw enough to lose all faith in the 37-year-old former All-Star, but Cruz is a career .225 hitter with a .580 OPS in four seasons for the Cardinals.
Neither player is a particularly appealing option to replace Molina, but Matheny might be tempted to shake things up a bit in the hopes of Pierzynski adding a little more offensive punch to the bottom of the lineup.