The Jays face a lefty starter today, and John has changed the lineup some.
- Kiermaier is out, and Daulton Varsho moves over to center.
- Alejandro Kirk DH, Danny Jansen catches.
- Whit Merrifield plays left.
- Santiago Espinal plays second.
The interesting thing is that Varsho is still in the cleanup spot. I’m not sure if it is a thing that John wants to keep the top four in the same order every day. Or, maybe, he’s not sure that Kirk got enough at-bats this spring and wants to let work out his timing in a (slightly) lesser spot.
I’d be ok with moving Espinal higher against lefties. And maybe Jansen will show he deserves to hit higher as the second goes on. But then I get too worried about batting orders. Moving a guy a spot or two doesn’t change much.
Jordan Montgomery came to the Cards from the Yankees. He’s faced the Jays 10 times, 9 starts, and has a 3-1 record and a 3.86 ERA against our Jays.
Chris Bassitt has made three starts against St. Louis, with a 1-0 record and a 4.02 ERA.
|George Springer - RF||Brendan Donovan - 2B|
|Bo Bichette - SS||Alec Burleson - LF|
|Vladimir Guerrero - 1B||Paul Goldschmidt - 1B|
|Daulton Varsho - CF||Nolan Arenado - 3B|
|Alejandro Kirk - DH||Willson Contreras - C|
|Matt Chapman - 3B||Nolan Gorman - DH|
|Whit Merrifield - LF||Jordan Walker - RF|
|Danny Jansen - C||Dylan Carlson - CF|
|Santiago Espinal - 2B||Tommy Edman - SS|
|Chris Bassitt - RHP||J. Montgomery - LHP|