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Matheny not tinkering with scuffling lineup

SAN FRANCISCO -- Despite a couple of quiet days for the Cardinals' offense, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny felt no need to shake up his starting lineup for Game 7 of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on Monday.

A couple of the Cards' most essential hitters, notably Allen Craig and Jon Jay, have scuffled during the NLCS. Craig was 3-for-20 in the series entering Monday, while Jay was 5-for-25.

In the past, Matheny has sometimes flipped cleanup man Craig and No. 2 hitter Carlos Beltran when one or the other has slumped. But he said he had little interest in making that move. Nor did he see a better alternative in the leadoff spot than Jay.

"I think about 20 different lineups every night," Matheny said. "But I keep coming back to what's been working for us. And there's a reason. And there was a reason that we were able to make the push that we did, and it was people really finding their spot. It took us a lot longer than it took quite a few other teams to really find that formula in our lineup.

"It's just a matter of looking over the big picture and seeing what gives us the best chance. Today is not the time to start rewriting anything."

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SAN Full Game Coverage FRANCISCO -- Despite a couple of quiet days for the Cardinals' offense, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny felt no need to shake up his starting lineup for Game 7 of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on Monday.

A couple of the Cards' most essential hitters, notably Allen Craig and Jon Jay, have scuffled during the NLCS. Craig was 3-for-20 in the series entering Monday, while Jay was 5-for-25.

In the past, Matheny has sometimes flipped cleanup man Craig and No. 2 hitter Carlos Beltran when one or the other has slumped. But he said he had little interest in making that move. Nor did he see a better alternative in the leadoff spot than Jay.

"I think about 20 different lineups every night," Matheny said. "But I keep coming back to what's been working for us. And there's a reason. And there was a reason that we were able to make the push that we did, and it was people really finding their spot. It took us a lot longer than it took quite a few other teams to really find that formula in our lineup.

"It's just a matter of looking over the big picture and seeing what gives us the best chance. Today is not the time to start rewriting anything."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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