Lineups breakdown: Cardinals-Dodgers, NLDS Game 2

Lineups breakdown: Cardinals-Dodgers, NLDS Game 2

Here are the starting lineups for today's National League Division Series Game 2 between the Cardinals and Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

  Date   Matchup Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 3   STL 10, LAD 9 video
Gm 2 Oct. 4   LAD 3, STL 2 video
Gm 3 Oct. 6   STL 3, LAD 1 video
Gm 4 Oct. 7   STL 3, LAD 2 video

Mike Matheny's crew knocked out 10 runs on 10 hits in a Game 1 victory started by Clayton Kershaw, the NL Cy Young favorite and a strong candidate for NL Most Valuable Player, including an eight-run seventh to erase a 6-2 deficit. But the Cardinals manager has made one change and switched a few lineup spots with right-hander Zack Greinke on the mound for the Dodgers Saturday.

Kolten Wong takes over at second base, after Pete Kozma earned the start on Friday, with Wong making his first career postseason start. Left-handed-hitting Jon Jay, who had a key single in that eight-run seventh, moves from eighth to second in the order against Greinke, while Randal Grichuk, who homered off of Kershaw, drops from second to eighth. Four left-handed hitters start for the Cardinals, with three in the first four hitters.

Matt Holliday has produced the most success against Greinke lifetime, with a .324 average, two homers and seven RBIs. Third baseman Matt Carpenter also has six hits in 18 career at-bats vs. Greinke, with one homer. Shortstop Jhonny Peralta has 11 hits in 48 at-bats against Greinke with eight strikeouts and seven walks.

1. Matt Carpenter, 3B
2. Jon Jay, CF
3. Matt Holliday, LF
4. Matt Adams, 1B
5. Jhonny Peralta, SS
6. Yadier Molina, C
7. Kolten Wong, 2B
8. Randal Grichuk, RF
9. Lance Lynn, RHP


Offense was not a problem for the Dodgers on Friday, scoring nine runs and finishing with 16 hits in a game started by Adam Wainwright. So manager Don Mattingly is going with the exact same lineup in Game 2 against Cardinals starter Lance Lynn.

A.J. Ellis knocked out four hits in the opener, standing as one of five Dodgers starters with a multi-hit effort. None of the Dodgers have gone deep against Lynn, although Ellis does have a team-best four career RBIs. Yasiel Puig is 4-for-6 lifetime when facing Lynn, while Hanley Ramirez, Matt Kemp and Dee Gordon are a combined 5-for-29 with 12 strikeouts.

1. Dee Gordon, 2B
2. Yasiel Puig, CF
3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
4. Matt Kemp, RF
5. Hanley Ramirez, SS
6. Carl Crawford, LF
7. Juan Uribe, 3B
8. A.J. Ellis, C
9. Zack Greinke, RHP

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.