2 different ways the St. Louis Cardinals should structure their lineup
By Josh Jacobs
The Cardinals have experimented with different lineup constructions this season. This is how the club can best utilize the organizations talent.
The 2022 season has been full of ups and downs for the St. Louis Cardinals when it comes to performance at the plate. Manager Oli Marmol has experimented with many different lineup combinations, and is seeking to unlock an offense that has been streaky at best.
The struggles of key contributors like Paul Goldschmidt, Tyler O’Neill, and Dylan Carlson has made things tricky to start the year, and duds so far from guys like Yadier Molina, Paul DeJong, and Edmundo Sosa have not helped pick up the slack. Early success from Nolan Arenado and Tommy Edman have been huge for the life of the club.
If the Cardinals are serious about putting the best possible lineup out their each day, there actually appear to be clear answers that both Marmol and President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak need to give serious consideration. If the club is willing to bite the bullet on some under performing big leaguers and lean on new contributions from top prospects, the Cardinals have the potential to be a top offense in all of baseball.
The club has major splits this season against right and left handed pitching. The club has so far dominated left handed pitching, with an OPS of .837 in 188 plate appearances thus far. The struggles have come against right handed pitching, where the club’s OPS drops to .624 in 705 plate appearances.
How could the Cardinals continue to capitalize against left handed pitching and get back on track against right handed opponents? Here are the best possible lineup constructions…