Day of rest for Molina, Peralta

2014-04-24T10:07:00Z 2014-04-24T11:26:09Z Day of rest for Molina, PeraltaPOST-DISPATCH
April 24, 2014 10:07 am  • 

NEW YORK • After a 9-for-21 stretch that finally boosted his average above the Mendoza Line, Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta has reverted to his early-season ways.

Not surprisingly, he has been benched for today's finale of a four-game series against the New York Mets at Citi Field (12:10 p.m., FSM).

Peralta, signed by the Cardinals to provide more offense at the shortstop position, is 0 for 20 over the past six games. The Mendoza standard (.200 batting average) is a long way off again as Peralta has slumped to .151.

Daniel Descalso, whose pinch double in the ninth inning Wednesday night nearly tied the game, will start at shortstop today. That's not necessarily an upgrade — the double was Descalso's third hit in 22 at-bats this season (.136).

The Cardinals are 13 days into a stretch of playing 20 games in a row without a day off, so catcher Yadier Molina will rest today in favor of Tony Cruz.

Cardinals lineup:

1. Carpenter, 3B

2. Jay, CF

3. Holliday, LF

4. Adams, 1B

5. Craig, RF

6. Descalso, SS

7. Wong, 2B

8. Cruz, C

9. Lynn, P 

Mets lineup:

1. E. Young, LF

2. Murphy, 2B

3. Wright, 3B

4. Duda, 1B

5. C. Young, CF

6. Abreu, RF

7. Recker, C

8. Tejada, SS

9. Colon, P

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