St. Louis Cardinals First Day of Practice Lineup Analysis

The St. Louis Cardinals are scheduled to play the Houston Astros at 12:05 p.m. on March 18. Here’s a look at the Redbirds’ first roster of the season.

The St. Louis Cardinals are finally back! With the first spring training game scheduled for 12:05 p.m. on March 18, they announced their first starting roster of the season.

While that starting lineup is noticeably missing in Yadier Molina, who is expected to be the opening day starting receiver, it’s likely the starting lineup that will be used often at the start of the 2022 regular season.

Starting from the top of the lineup, the first two hitters are not out of the ordinary. Tommy Edman and Paul Goldschmidt were the main lead hitters last season and have returned to those roles to start 2022.

The third and fourth batters are somewhat interesting. Tyler O’Neill and Nolan Arenado are third and fourth at bat, respectively. This will be a story to follow as the season progresses. Which spot offers more RBI opportunities? Which base percentage is higher?

These are just a few of the questions that are important for your third and fourth hitters to answer. Although they are both capable hitters, it will be interesting if they swing to bat third and fourth throughout the season.

From now on, the programming is no longer set in stone. The rest of the roster consists of Dylan Carlson, Harrison Bader, Paul DeJong, Lars Nootbaar and Andrew Knizner. With Molina out of rotation, the catch position is ninth at bat. It probably won’t stick once Molina returns to the lineup.

Heading into the Cardinals’ first exhibition game of the season, the five-to-eight spots are the ones to watch. These are the most volatile hitting positions in baseball, and this Cardinals formation is likely to undergo many interpretations and fine-tuning before the actual opening day on March 31.

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