The Cardinals will be without Skip Schumaker today because Pirates starter Paul Maholm is a lefty and Tony La Russa likes to fiddle around with that sort of nonsense. Brian Barden becomes the opening day third baseman because Troy Glaus is a fragile china doll. And with an outfield of Rick Ankiel, Ryan Ludwick and Chris Duncan, starting pitcher Adam Wainwright better hope that no balls leave the infield. Other than that, it's a lovely day for baseball in St. Louis!
The Pirates come to town ready to start 2009 on a good note. However, with Nyjer Morgan leading off and playing left, they're obviously continuing their task of tanking to get high draft picks, in the spirit of the Rays. You've got superstar in training Andrew McCutchen just chomping at the bit to be the everyday CF. Make it happen soon, Pirates people.
You have come here for the lineups. I will bring them to you:
|Nyjer Morgan, LF||Brendan Ryan, 2B|
|Freddy Sanchez, 2B||Rick Ankiel, CF|
|Nate McLouth, CF||Albert Pujols, 1B|
|Ryan Doumit, C||Khalil Greene, SS|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||Ryan Ludwick, RF|
|Andy LaRoche, 3B||Yadier Molina, C|
|Brandon Moss, RF||Chris Duncan, LF|
|Jack Wilson, SS||Brian Barden, 3B|
|Paul Maholm, SP||Adam Wainwright, SP|
I think the Pirates will surprise us with a win today, but then lose 161 games in a row.