MILWAUKEE -- After facing an unusually high amount of left-handed starters during Grapefruit League play, the Cardinals begin the season with a bevy of right-handed opponents.
The only left-handed starter the Cardinals are scheduled to see on this opening seven-game road trip is Randy Wolf, who will take the mound for the Brewers on Sunday. The imbalance of that pitching schedule means that Daniel Descalso is likely to remain a regular in the starting lineup.
With the left-handed-hitting Descalso expected, at least initially, to earn most of the starts against right-handers, the right-handed-hitting Tyler Greene will be left without the regular at-bats that he was getting all throughout spring.
"I'd love to get him in there," manager Mike Matheny said of Greene. "But when the matchups don't make sense, they don't make sense. Right now I'm excited to get Danny back in there and see the same lineup stay together and see what they can do."
Friday's lineup was identical to the one the Cardinals used in their season opener on Wednesday. The lineup will likely remain the same for much of the month, too. With five off-days in the first 27 days of the season, Matheny won't have to worry so much about his regular starting position players being overworked, and therefore, he won't have to manufacture extra days off for them.