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Lineup breakdown: Dodgers-Cardinals, Game 2

A look at Saturday's starting lineups for Game 2 of the National League Championship Series between the Dodgers and the Cardinals:


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With Skip Schumaker replacing Andre Ethier in center field, the Dodgers returned to the same lineup they used in all four games of the NL Division Series against the Braves. Ethier started Game 1 of the NLCS -- his first start since Sept. 13 due to a microfracture in his lower left leg -- and played all 13 innings.

Schumaker also fills in for Ethier in the No. 7 spot in the lineup. The former Cardinal hit .231 in the NLDS. Schumaker has a .260 career average in the postseason, and he is making his 13th start in October.

The Dodgers collected nine hits in Game 1. This October, Los Angeles is hitting .302 as a team with a .371 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging-percentage -- the highest of any Dodgers club during a postseason. Juan Uribe has hit safely in all five games in the playoffs and driven in six runs.

In Game 2 the Dodgers are facing right-hander Michael Wacha for the first time. Wacha was five outs away from a no-hitter against the Pirates in Game 4 of the NLDS.

1. Carl Crawford, LF
2. Mark Ellis, 2B
3. Hanley Ramirez, SS
4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
5. Yasiel Puig, RF
6. Uribe, 3B
7. Schumaker, CF
8. A.J. Ellis, C
9. Clayton Kershaw, LHP


The Cardinals made some major changes to their lineup for Game 2. Yadier Molina moved into the cleanup spot, in front of David Freese, who hit seventh in Game 1. Matt Adams dropped to the No. 6 spot after hitting cleanup for much of the postseason. Jon Jay shifted one spot back to No. 7 in the order.

Molina started only one game in the cleanup spot during the regular season, going 2-for-4 with a double. Freese, meanwhile, batted fifth in 20 games in the regular season and posted a .265 average with 13 RBIs.

Pete Kozma continues to get the call at shortstop, making his fifth consecutive start. Kozma is known for his defense, but he has gone 4-for-15 with a double and a stolen base in these playoffs.

The Cardinals have respectable numbers against left-hander Clayton Kershaw, the favorite to win the NL Cy Young Award. Matt Holliday is 10-for-33 (.303) lifetime against Kershaw, with one home run and 10 walks. Molina is 6-for-22 (.273) in his career against Kershaw, including a pair of doubles.

1. Matt Carpenter, 2B
2. Carlos Beltran, RF
3. Holliday, LF
4. Molina, C
5. Freese, 3B
6. Adams, 1B
7. Jay, CF
8. Kozma, SS
9. Wacha, RHP

Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for

Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals