April 24: Cardinals (12-8) @ Nationals (10-10)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Center fielder Jon Jay gets a second consecutive day off — this time against a right-handed starter. That’s a first this season. Jay, who is batting .197 this season, talked this morning about the work he’s doing in the batting cage to find the timing for his swing — which has always had a lot of moving parts. For more from Jay about his early-season slump, check out today’s cardinals.com notebook.

Matt Adams (right oblique tightness) continues to make progress, as he was cleared to take a few swings today. Manager Mike Matheny said Adams is available to pinch-hit, though I’d imagine the Cardinals likely won’t use Adams unless it’s absolutely necessary. The Cardinals are hopeful that Adams will be near full-go by Friday.


  1. Matt Carpenter (3B)
  2. Allen Craig (1B)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  5. Yadier Molina (C)
  6. Daniel Descalso (2B)
  7. Shane Robinson (CF)
  8. Pete Kozma (SS)
  9. Jaime Garcia (LHP)


  1. Denard Span (CF)
  2. Jayson Werth (RF)
  3. Bryce Harper (LF)
  4. Tyler Moore (1B)
  5. Ian Desmond (SS)
  6. Danny Espinosa (2B)
  7. Anthony Rendon (3B)
  8. Jhonatan Solano (C)
  9. Stephen Strasburg (RHP)

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John Jay is a great center fielder, and a poor hitter. Maybe he should get the bat off his shoulder. Has any great hitter rested the bat on his shoulder like John?

He said during an interview that his coaches always tried to get him to change it, but he kept having success so he stuck with it. It’s looking like it’s time to think about change! I don’t know of of any other great that hit like that. I know Cal Ripken Jr. rested the bat on his shoulder but not like Jay, his is whacky haha.

In his first 3 seasons, Jay hit .300, .297, and .305. This year he’s in a slump, but has only 76 official at bats. And because of that you call him a poor hitter?

JJ will come out of it. Relax Cardinal nation. I’m more worried about the bullpen.

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