By C. Trent Rosecrans
Nyjer Morgan was the hero of the game that got the Brewers to the National League Championship Series, but he's not in the Game 1 lineup against Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia. Morgan and Gomez have platooned this season, with Gomez getting the start against left-handed pitchers.
However, Gomez was moved up in the batting order from his usual eighth to seventh in hopes of utilizing his speed more.
"I think it allows Gomey to do some more things when he's on base versus in the eighth spot," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Sometimes you can't run as much. It frees up Gomey a little bit."
The Cardinals are keeping their lineup more or less intact, although that could change at the leadoff spot when Milwaukee uses lefty Randy Wolf. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said he may flip-flop Lance Berkman and Matt Holliday against Wolf -- but he may not.
"I don't think there's a big difference," La Russa said. "Berk's been in there every day. As long as you've got Yadi, you've got protection and he's one of the toughst hitters on our club."
|1||Rafael Furcal||SS||1||Corey Hart||RF|
|2||Jon Jay||CF||2||Jerry Hairston Jr.||3B|
|3||Albert Pujols||1B||3||Ryan Braun||LF|
|4||Lance Berkman||RF||4||Prince Fielder||1B|
|5||Matt Holliday||LF||5||Rickie Weeks||2B|
|6||Yadier Molina||C||6||Yuniesky Betancourt||SS|
|7||David Freese||3B||7||Carlos Gomez||CF|
|8||Ryan Theriot||2B||8||Jonathan Lucroy||C|
|9||Jaime Garcia||LHP||9||Zack Greinke||RHP|
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Pictured: Carlos Gomez