Reverend Redbird

Preaching the Gospel of St. Louis Cardinal Baseball

Your (Tenative) Opening Day Lineup

Posted by The Right Reverend on April 1, 2006

Derrick Goold has the news-Aaron Miles has won the job at second base. It's been a hell of an off-season, hasn't it?

I'm just speculating here, but here's the lineup–

  1. David Eckstein
  2. Juan Encarnacion
  3. Albert Pujols
  4. Jim Edmonds
  5. Scott Rolen
  6. John Rodriguez (if his shoulder is Okay)
  7. Yadier Molina
  8. Aaron Miles
  9. Chris Carpenter

That's yesterday's lineup, and it looks to be the one LaRussa has settled on . And that leaves Scott Spiezio, Gary Bennett, So Taguchi, Skip Shumaker and Junior Spivey on the bench. Luna is out if J-Rod's injury isn't serious.

Josh Hancock did win the final bullpen spot, as Benes and Falkenborg are optioned to AAA.

Further in the article LaRussa seemed pretty sour on Spivey-"I want to make sure his shoulder's all right. He's taken some funny swings. It might be because something's going on. But you can also take funny swings when you press," La Russa said. General manager Walt Jocketty recently denied trade talks with New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman regarding ex-Redbirds utility player Miguel Cairo. Spivey's status can go either way, according to club sources, as the possibility of releasing him was broached. "He's going to get an opportunity and he's got to play," La Russa said.

Miguel Cairo? These are dark times. At least for now it appears Spivey will get his chances to play his way off the team, which may happen quickly. For now we must live with the Get Shorty DP combo.

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