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Breaking down Cards-Bucs NLDS Game 4 lineups

Breaking down Cards-Bucs NLDS Game 4 lineups

Breaking down Cards-Bucs NLDS Game 4 lineups

Carlos Beltran supplied all the runs in the Cardinals' Game 3 loss to the Pirates in the National League Division Series with a two-run single and a homer.

Only one other Cards' batter -- Pete Kozma -- had a multihit performance. Kozma is back in the lineup for Game 4 on Monday after Daniel Descalso started at short in Games 1 and 2.


While St. Louis had its hands full with Game 3 starter Francisco Liriano, the Cardinals have fared better against Game 4 starter Charlie Morton. As a team, St. Louis hit .397 in its three games against the right-hander this season, and it hopes to continue that success to get back to Busch Stadium for a decisive Game 5.

Beltran (6-for-15), Jon Jay (8-for-16) and Yadier Molina (8-for-19) are all hitting over .400 lifetime against Morton.

Other than keeping Kozma in the lineup, Cards manager Mike Matheny reverts back to his lineup from Games 1 and 2 now that another right-hander takes the hill for the Bucs. Matt Adams returns to the cleanup spot and Jay moves back to sixth in the order.

1. Matt Carpenter, 2B
2. Beltran, RF
3. Matt Holliday, LF
4. Adams, 1B
5. Molina, C
6. Jay, CF
7. David Freese, 3B
8. Kozma, SS
9. Michael Wacha, SP


The Bucs head into Game 4 with the same lineup as in Game 3, looking to advance to the NL Championship Series with a victory.

With two hits in Game 3, Andrew McCutchen is hitting .538 (7-for-13) this postseason, with five walks and three runs scored. Marlon Byrd had a rough pair of games in St. Louis, but in two playoff games at PNC Park so far, he is 4-for-7 with a double, a homer and four RBIs.

Despite returning home, where he hit .295 during the regular season, Neil Walker's struggles continued in a hitless Game 3, and Walker is now hitless in his last 13 at-bats in the series. Walker is also 0-for-4 against Cardinals starter Michael Wacha.

1. Starling Marte, LF
2. Walker, 2B
3. McCutchen, CF
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Byrd, RF
6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
7. Russell Martin, C
8. Clint Barmes, SS
9. Morton, SP

Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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