The weather looks good throughout Major League Baseball, and the only concern was in St. Louis for today's afternoon game. That went off without a hitch, as the New York Mets turned back the St. Louis Cardinals in that series' finale.
3B Todd Frazier ($4,400) is back in the lineup after a day of rest. He is starting at third base and batting sixth for manager Dusty Baker. In a meeting earlier this season, he was 0-for-1 with a walk and a strikeout against Miami Marlins SP Jose Fernandez ($6,600).
Manager Mike Redmond has plugged OF Marcell Ozuna ($3,700) into the cleanup spot for Thursday's game against Cincinnati. 2B/SS Derek Dietrich ($2,500) is starting at second base and batting in the third spot of Redmond's no-name lineup.
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1B Brandon Belt ($4,700) is in the lineup, batting sixth and playing first base for manager Bruce Bochy, despite being hitless in 10 career at-bats against Colorado Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin ($8,400). SS Brandon Crawford ($4,100) is batting eighth in Bochy's lineup despite a .308 career average (4-for-13) with a double, trip,e and two walks with no strikeouts against Chacin.
In case you were starting SP Aaron Harang (back) for some odd reason, he has been scratched from his start due to a stiff back. SP Hector Noesi ($5,900) will fill in against his former organization, but is not a recommended play. OF Raul Ibanez ($4,200) bats sixth and serves as the designated hitter in manager Eric Wedge's lineup. Three of Ibanez's 10 homer runs this season have come in the first two games of this series. Lastly, OF Jason Bay ($4,400) is in fact in Wedge's lineup, and he bats second while manning left field. Bay is a career .400 hitter (14-for-35) against New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte ($8,500). That includes a double, triple, home run, three RBI, four walks and a 1.033 OPS all-time.
C Geovany Soto ($3,900) is back in the lineup after a day of rest. His reward is facing Detroit Tigers ace SP Justin Verlander ($12,300), a guy he is hitless in three at-bats against during his career. 3B Adrian Beltre ($5,600) isn't scared to face the Detroit ace. He is a career .314 hitter (11-for-35) with two doubles, a home run and three RBI. 2B Ian Kinsler ($5,600) hasn't fared as well against Verlander, posting just three hits in 25 career at-bats (.120) with a double, no RBI, four walks and six strikeouts. That's good for an awful .160 slugging percentage. SS Elvis Andrus ($4,600), who bats second, is just 3-for-16 (.188) with no extra-base hits or RBI in his career against J.V.
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