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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies - Game 18 open thread - April 27, 2015

John Lackey vs. Cole Hamels

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General manager made it official this afternoon at Busch Stadium: Adam Wainwright will be out nine to 12 months with a torn Achilles tendon. Now the Cardinals will have to replace the un-replaceable. Meanwhile, Jason Heyward revealed that he experienced hamstring tightness, not groin tightness as was previously reported. Heyward is out again tonight. Instead of Heyward (or Peter Bourjos), manager Mike Matheny is giving Mark Reynolds his second consecutive outfield start. Further, Yadier Molina makes his return to the starting lineup.

The play captured in main picture for this post inspired the below high jinks:

Cole Hamels gets the start tonight...for the Phillies.

The Cardinals lineup:

  1. Matt Carpenter, 3B
  2. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  3. Matt Holliday, LF
  4. Matt Adams, 1B
  5. Mark Reynolds, RF
  6. Yadier Molina, C
  7. Kolten Wong, 2B
  8. Jon Jay, CF
  9. John Lackey, P

The Phillies lineup:

  1. Ben Revere, LF
  2. Odubel Herrera, CF
  3. Chase Utley, 2B
  4. Jeff Francoeur, RF
  5. Ryan Howard, 1B
  6. Cody Asche, 3B
  7. Carlos Ruiz, C
  8. Freddy Galvis, SS
  9. Cole Hamels, P