Tony La Russa last night batted his pitcher (Joel Pineiro) in the #8 slot and had second baseman Adam Kennedy bat ninth. Today, Adam Wainwright is batting eighth and Aaron Miles is batting ninth.
According to a story by Joe Strauss in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, La Russa wants to create more offense by increasing the number of runners who could be on base for the top of his order, which today is David Eckstein, Scott Spiezio, and Albert Pujols.
The manager emphasized that shifting the lineup the way he has in no way suggests the pitcher is a superior hitter to the position player.
"If that's what you think, you're simply not paying attention," La Russa said.
Last night, the Cardinals lost to Washington 12-1 with the only run coming on a home run by Kennedy in the #9 slot and Miles finished up on the mound.
After two innings today, the Cardinals and Nats are tied 1-1. The only run for the Cardinals came on a home run by Ryan Ludwick.
The top of the second of the Cardinals went like this:
- R. Ludwick homered to deep left center
- J. Edmonds walked
- G. Bennett flied out to right
- A. Wainwright sacrificed to catcher, J. Edmonds to second