ST. LOUIS -- It was the final weekend of Spring Training when Lance Berkman requested the opportunity to sit out a Grapefruit League game and instead get his work in on the Minor League fields. His reasoning was sensible. He needed to take some at-bats against right-handed pitching, a task that had been tough to do because of the high number of lefty starters the Cardinals faced in spring games.
Since the regular season commenced, however, that imbalance has been skewed the opposite direction.
Wednesday marked St. Louis' 12th game, and only twice has the club taken the field against a left-handed starter. That string of righty opponents is set to continue for another three games, too, as the Cards won't see a lefty until Sunday, when they face Pittsburgh's Erik Bedard.
The preponderance of righty starters has affected the playing time of Tyler Greene more than anyone else. Expected to get the majority of second-base starts against left-handed starters, Greene has seen Daniel Descalso's name in the lineup much more often.
Manager Mike Matheny did, though, change things up on Wednesday, opting to give Greene the start against righty Mat Latos. The choice to start Greene wasn't so much to do with a favorable matchup -- both Greene and Descalso entered 1-for-3 against Latos -- but with wanting to find a way to keep Greene involved.
Descalso is expected to return to the lineup for Thursday's series finale.