Bourjos gets nod over Jay in center field

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by JJ Bailey / BaseballStL | @TheJJBailey

KMOV.com

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 31 at 4:33 PM

(KMOV.com) — The first batting order of the season saw rookie Kolten Wong in the two-spot, and newcomer Peter Bourjos getting the nod over Jon Jay in center field. 

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While Bourjos is considered an elite defensive presence, his bat is less impressive. That coupled with the fact Jay has had tremendous success against Monday’s starter Johnny Cueto left questions in the minds of fans as to who would get the nod. 

In his career, Jay is hitting .476 off Cueto with 10 hits, three home runs and seven RBIs in 21 at bats. 

For Mike Matheny, the decision came down to who is best in the moment. 

“Jay’s had a  good run against a very good pitcher, and we know [Cueto's] going to be tough. But what we’ve see right now is that Peter Bourjos had a very good spring,” he said. “What he brings for us defensively is something we’ll want to see pretty often.”

The other decision that sparked interest was to bat lefty Matt Adams ahead of Jhonny Peralta. While the call was designed to break up the string of righties in the lineup (Holliday, Craig, Molina are in a row already), history also played a part. 

“We also like Matt in this stadium, he’s had some big at bats,” Matheny said. “Breaking it up a little bit really comes down to how they look right now. Both of them (Peralta and Adams) are swinging the bat well as far as how we ended spring. I think there are a number of interchangeable parts in our lineup depending on how guys are swinging.”

To that end, the Cardinal Manager said the second spot in the order will likely be a fluid situation. 

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