On the last day of spring training 2013, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny provided a two-word description for the 2012 offense – “very streaky,” he said – and then suggested a way he’s told players he might address that this season. He won’t hesitate to shuffle the lineup. “So when you head in those streaks in the wrong way what can you do?” Matheny said before the team’s final exhibition game. “I think we’ve covered everything work-wise. We’ve covered everything with the preparation and our scouting. What else can you do? You can sit there and wait for it to go away – because it will – but how do you shorten that period? Maybe it’s putting different people who at that particular time may help you more in a different spot.” Matheny wrote out a lineup for Friday’s game against the New York Mets at Tradition Field that reflected what he’ll probably use Monday for opening night against Arizona. Jon Jay hit leadoff, followed by Matt Carpenter, No. 3 hitter Matt Holliday, cleanup man Allen Craig, Carlos Beltran, Yadier Molina, Daniel Descalso, and No. 8 hitter Pete Kozma. The notable flip-flop there was Beltran moving out of the No. 2 spot with David Freese on the disabled list and Carpenter starting at third.
Matheny plans to shuffle lineup to address slumps
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Mar 30