NLCS Game 5: Nick Punto Highlights St. Louis Lineup

After staying up all night and sequestering himself all morning, St. Louis Cardinals manager and associate professor Tony La Russa emerged from a sensory-deprivation chamber at 3:17 p.m. Central Daylight Time and posted his NLCS Game 5 lineup, with right-hander Zack Greinke starting for the Milwaukee Brewers.

1. Rafael Furcal# SS
2. Jon Jay* CF
3. Albert Pujols 1B
4. Lance Berkman# RF
5. Matt Holliday LF
6. David Freese 3B
7. Yadier Molina C
8. Nick Punto# 2B
9. Jaime García* P

All those hours were well-spent, as La Russa realized that he could improve his lineup from Game 1 -- also started by young Master Greinke -- by replacing righty-hitting Ryan Theriot with switch-hitting Nick Punto.

Boom. Just wait. Punto will make one great play or contribute a key hit, and La Russa will look like a freaking genius.

Remember, in Game 1 the Cardinals scored six runs against Greinke, but still managed to lose by three runs because Jaime García and the bullpen did even worse and the Cards couldn't touch Milwaukee's relievers.

What are the odds against an exact repeat?

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.