NLCS Game 1: Holliday, Furcal In Cardinals' Lineup; Lankford Out

Well, technically, Ray Lankford is retired and not on the roster, but he was really cool.

If there was any mystery to be had with the St. Louis Cardinals' lineup, it was with the health and availability of their star left-fielder, Matt Holliday, who was limited to pinch-hitting duties for most of the NLDS. He's in the lineup for the first game of the NLCS against the Brewers, though, and he's joined by shortstop Rafael Furcal.

Rafael Furcal# - SS
Jon Jay* - CF
Albert Pujols - 1B
Lance Berkman# - RF
Matt Holliday - LF
Yadier Molina - C
David Freese - 3B
Ryan Theriot - 2B
Jaime Garcia* - P

After all the injuries -- including those to Freese, Pujols, Holliday, and Furcal -- it's pretty fortuitous that they could cobble together their optimal lineup right as the NLCS starts. The Cardinals had the best OPS+ and runs scored total in the league during the regular season, and that's with a few of their key contributors missing a chunk of time.

How has Zack Greinke fared against the current Cardinals? Well, I'll tell you, but only because the internet makes it easy to find out, not because it really means anything:

PA HR BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Nick Punto 24 0 4 5 .211 .348 .211 .558
Albert Pujols 21 0 3 2 .278 .381 .389 .770
Gerald Laird 20 0 0 3 .300 .300 .350 .650
Skip Schumaker 16 0 0 2 .333 .333 .400 .733
Matt Holliday 13 2 1 0 .417 .462 .917 1.378
Yadier Molina 12 0 0 1 .364 .333 .455 .788
Lance Berkman 9 1 0 4 .333 .333 .778 1.111
Jon Jay 9 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
Chris Carpenter 7 0 0 5 .143 .143 .143 .286
Rafael Furcal 7 1 0 1 .286 .286 .714 1.000
Daniel Descalso 6 0 0 1 .333 .333 .500 .833
David Freese 6 0 1 1 .200 .333 .200 .533
Ryan Theriot 4 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 154 4 9 27 .289 .329 .423 .751

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