Here it is, probably not much anticipated, but I’m excited about bringing it to you.
I should qualify my choices for this lineup. Each player must have played 50% of his games at the position listed in the given season and have 450 at-bats for that season.
The following is the lineup, based upon the criteria laid out above, that I would choose to run out to give me the best chance to win:
- Delino DeShields – 2B (1997)
- Edgar Renteria – SS (2003)
- Albert Pujols – LF (2003)
- Mark McGwire – 1B (1998)
- Scott Rolen – 3B (2004)
- Jim Edmonds – CF (2004)
- Ryan Ludwick – RF (2008)
- Chris Carpenter – P (2005) (Of course the Pitchers Hit Eighth!)
- Yadier Molina – C (2008)
Well, thank goodness for that stint in left field for Pujols, or else one of the greatest Cardinals in team history may not have made the lineup!
They’re right-handed hitter heavy, but that’s not terribly surprising.
I have to admit there was a lot of offensive motivation for these selections (probably obvious), but this is not a bad defensive team either. Besides first base and a bum arm in left field, I’d have no qualms putting this lineup out.
Defensively, I’d prefer Molina’s 2007 to his 2008, but that season didn’t qualify because of too few at-bats.
Needless to say, Cardinal fans have been spoiled in the new millenium.
What’s your best Cardinal lineup from 1996-2008?