(BaseballStL) — Randal Grichuk is picking up career milestones left and right in 2014. He got his first call up, his first at bat and his first start all within about 48 hours.
Tuesday’s lineup has Grichuk batting seventh and playing center field for the Cardinals, a day after the 22-year-old batted in the bottom of the ninth in a 12-inning loss the the Brewers.
Grichuk was drafted in the first round of 2009 by the Angels (one pick ahead of all-world outfielder Mike Trout) and came to the Cardinals as the fourth part of a trade that included Peter Bourjos, David Freese and Fernando Salas.
As for his quick jump into the starting lineup, manager Mike Matheny said the club felt it was important to keep him in rhythm.
“You always risk a player feeling really good and producing really well and if you don’t give him some opportunities to try and keep that, it’s something that they’re not used to learning how to keep it without playing,” he said. “We brought him here to play. I don’t know how much it’s going to look like, but you’ve got to give him opportunities.”
A fine 2009
Grichuk was part of a 2009 draft that is responsible for much of the Cardinal star power in 2014. Other St. Louis players drafted include Shelby Miller (19), Joe Kelly (38), Matt Carpenter (399), Trevor Rosenthal (639) and Matt Adams (699).
Grichuk was taken 24th, one pick ahead of Mike Trout. The Brewers’ Khris Davis was taken 226th. Stephen Strasburg was the number one overall pick that year.
Battering a battery mate
Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse is making his 369th start Tuesday. Debuting in 2001, he has won 133 games and posts a career ERA of 4.32. He made 136 of those starts in St. Louis.
Against his former team, he is 3-5, and the Cardinals hit .307 off him.
Yadier Molina hits .563 against Lohse, with two homers, five RBIs and three doubles. His OPS is 1.654 against the Brewers’ starter. It will be the first time they face each other in 2014.
Lynn to win
Lance Lynn looks to join Adam Wainwright in the five-win circle. After winning his first four starts, he picked up his first loss against the Mets on April 24. Though he allowed just two earned runs on four hits in 6.1 innings, the Cardinal starter got only one run of support.
His last matchup with the Brewers was his best outing of the season. He went seven shutout innings while allowing only three hits and striking out 12.
1) Matt Carpenter 2B
2) Allen Craig RF
3) Matt Holliday LF
4) Matt Adams 1B
5) Yadier Molina C
6) Jhonny Peralta SS
7) Randall Grichuk CF
8) Mark Ellis 2B
9) Lance Lynn P