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St. Louis Cardinals @ Washington Nationals - Game 13 Thread - April 22, 2015

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John Lackey vs. Doug Fister

Have you seen this man?
Have you seen this man?
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The St. Louis Cardinals promoted Mitch Harris to the majors yesterday for their game against the Washington Nationals. The righthanded reliever replaced outfielder Peter Bourjos, who is on paternity leave, on the St. Louis roster. He gave the Cards an extra bullpen arm at the start of a stretch that has them slated to play 20 games in 20 days.

Perhaps because of Harris as the reliever of last resort, manager Mike Matheny went through six of the eight relievers on the roster during last night's extra-innings loss. Harris and closer Trevor Rosenthal were the only bullpenners Matheny didn't call on against the Nats. That Matheny didn't insert the rookie into such a nip-and-tuck contest is not particularly surprising. However, the manager's decision not to use Rosenthal in the tie game after he did so earlier this year against the Reds and in the first game after Matheny called upon Jordan Walden instead of Rosenthal in a save situation is enough to raise an eyebrow. Carlos Villanueva over Rosenthal in a tie game on the road? Is Rosenthal 100% healthy?

According to Cardinals.com, the St. Louis lineup:

  1. Matt Carpenter, 3B
  2. Jason Heyward, RF
  3. Matt Holliday, LF
  4. Matt Adams, 1B
  5. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  6. Jon Jay, CF
  7. Yadier Molina, C
  8. Kolten Wong, 2B
  9. John Lackey, P
Per the Nationals Twitter feed, the Washington lineup:
  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Ian Desmond, SS
  3. Jayson Werth, LF
  4. Bryce Harper, RF
  5. Ryan Zimmerman, 1B
  6. Yunel Escobar, 3B
  7. Wilson Ramos, C
  8. Danny Espinosa, 2B
  9. Doug Fister, P