Found October 09, 2013 on Fox Sports Midwest:
ST. LOUIS -- Matt Carpenter isn't the only leadoff hitter struggling in the Pirates-Cardinals National League Division Series. Like Carpenter, Pirates left fielder Starling Marte s 1-for-15, and hasn't been on base in the past two games. Marte, who hit .280.343.441 in the regular season, homered and walked in Game 2 but is 0-for-12 in the other three games. But neither manager even considered making a change at the top of their batting orders or shuffling their lineups for Wednesday night's decisive Game 5. Both clubs will start the same eight players in the same order as they did in Game 4. "I feel our best effort is to give men this opportunity to have success, and I believe our best effort tonight in Game 5, let these men be in their comfort zone," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. Hurdle said from his experience and talking to other managers, to start fooling around with the batting order at this point could send the wrong message. Explained Hurdle: ...
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