Looking ahead to the opening day starting lineup

Even though Tony LaRussa is probably going to tinker with the lineup on a regular basis, it appears that the lineup is set for the most part.  LaRussa made comments the other day that makes it seem like the days of Skip Schumaker leading off are all but gone, at least against lefties.  As of right now, it appears the lineup will be:

  1.  Ryan Theriot
  2. Colby Rasmus
  3. Albert Pujols
  4. Matt Holliday
  5. Lance Berkman
  6. David Freese
  7. Skip Schumaker
  8. Yadier Molina

I don’t have a lot to argue about with this lineup.  Once again, health will be the biggest concern.  On paper, the lineup looks pretty balanced and capable.  Again, health will be the biggest concern for the Cardinals in 2011.  A week ago, LaRussa made comments that they would try and start Freese out playing in only 2 out of every 3 games.  A week later, LaRussa is saying that Freese will play 6 out of every 7 games.

This lineup has everything LaRussa wants.  Colby provides potential “damage” in the 2 hole.  Berkman and Freese will make it difficult for the opposing pitcher to pitch around Pujols and Holliday.  Time will tell, but it appears that the offense will be much better in 2011 than in was in 2010.

While it still seems like the Milwaukee Brewers are the team to beat in the NL Central, they had some more troubling news in the last week.  Pitcher Shaun Marcum missed his last start with shoulder stiffness.  The Brewers have come out and said he will still make his first regular season start, but if his shoulder worsens, the Cardinals should benefit greatly.

In other baseball news, Barry Bonds trainer, Greg Anderson, is heading back to prison for once again refusing to cooperate with federal authorities.  I really would like to know how much Bonds is paying Anderson to keep his mouth shut and doing time in prison.  Also, Bonds appears to be set to stand by his story that the reason his head and feet grew several sizes is because of flaxseed oil.

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