Mike Matheny likely to bat Jason Heyward second in Cardinals’ lineup

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Mike Matheny indicated that he could see recently-acquired outfielder Jason Heyward as “a ‘2’ or ‘3’ guy”, referring to his spot in the Cardinals’ lineup, per Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Matheny added, “I really like him in the ‘2’ hole.” Matt Carpenter will continue to lead off for the Cardinals, giving the club a formidable on-base threat at the top of the lineup.

Heyward, 25, batted lead-off for the Braves for much of the 2014 season. He was dropped to fifth in the order between mid-June and mid-August. Heyward finished the year hitting .271/.351/.384 with 11 home runs and 58 RBI in 649 plate appearances.

The Cardinals traded pitcher Shelby Miller and minor league pitcher Tyrell Jenkins to the Braves for Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden in November.

Video: Cubs score run on Pirates’ appeal throw

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2019 has been one long nightmare for the Pirates. They’re in last place in the NL Central, have had multiple clubhouse fights, and can’t stop getting into bench-clearing incidents. The embarrassment continued on Sunday as the club lost 16-6 to the Cubs, suffering a three-game series sweep in Chicago.

One of those 16 runs the Pirates allowed was particularly noteworthy. In the bottom of the third inning, with the game tied at 5-5, the Cubs had runners on first and second with two outs. Tony Kemp hit a triple to right field, allowing both Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to score to make it 7-5. The Pirates thought one of the Cubs’ base runners didn’t touch third base on their way home. Reliever Michael Feliz attempted to make an appeal throw to third base, but it was way too high for Erik González to catch, so Kemp scored easily on the error.

The Pirates lost Friday’s game to the Cubs 17-8 and Saturday’s game 14-1. They were outscored 47-15 in the three-game series. According to Baseball Reference, since 1908, the Pirates never allowed 14+ runs in three consecutive games and only did it two games in a row twice before this series, in 1949 and in 1950. The Cubs scored 14+ in three consecutive games just one other time, in 1930.