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All-Time Lineups Battle No. 9: Braves vs. Cardinals

By April 16, 2012

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Former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and former Braves manager Bobby Cox managed against each other so much, it was just short of a whole season. Cox was 94-67 against La Russa, dating back to their Blue Jays vs. White Sox days. They split a pair of playoff series, with the Braves winning in 1996 and the Cardinals in 2000. They'll both be giving speeches in Cooperstown in a few years, too.

For hypothetical purposes, let's make them the skippers in this All-Time Lineups series matchup between two of the oldest franchises in the National League. The series matches up the best to play at each position in any one season in team history. The Cardinals have an edge in total championships, but both teams have their share of Hall of Famers and MVPs. Click through to check out the full lineups and arguments for the Braves and Cardinals.

Atlanta/Milwaukee/Boston Braves

  1. LF Lonnie Smith (1989, .315, 21 HR, 79 RBI, 25 SB)
  2. SS Edgar Renteria (2007, .332-12-57)
  3. CF Dale Murphy (1983, .302-36-121, 30 SB)
  4. RF Hank Aaron (1959, .355-39-123)
  5. 3B Chipper Jones (1999, .319-45-110)
  6. 1B Fred McGriff (1994, .318-34-94 in 113 G)
  7. C Javy Lopez (2003, .328-43-109)
  8. 2B Bobby Lowe (1894-.346-17-115)
  9. P Greg Maddux (1995, 19-2, 1.63 ERA)

St. Louis Cardinals

  1. 2B Rogers Hornsby (1925, .403-39-143)
  2. CF Willie McGee (1985, .353-10-82, 56 SB)
  3. 1B Albert Pujols (2008, .357-37-116)
  4. RF Stan Musial (1948, .376-39-131)
  5. LF Joe Medwick (1937, .374-31-154)
  6. 3B Joe Torre (1971, .363-24-138)
  7. C Ted Simmons (1975, .332-18-100)
  8. SS Ozzie Smith (1987, .303-0-75, 43 SB)
  9. P Bob Gibson (1968, 22-9, 1.12 ERA)


September 2, 2012 at 2:58 am
(1) charles says:

I am not sure why you choose to hamper the Braves lineup? I would use the following to add more stolen bases, on-base percentage as well fielding percentage. All be it, that no matter the team from the Braves, the Cardinals would win. In my honest opinion, the Cards and Yanks would be the best over all match up with the Cards winning on pitching.

3B- Eddie Mathews – .303 47HR 135RBI .406OBP – 1953 season
2B – Rogers Hornsby – .387 21HR 94RBI .498OBP – 1928 season
SS- Chipper Jones
CF- Hank Aaron
RF- Dale Murphy
1B- Andres Galarraga- .305 44HR 121RBI – 1998 season
C- Javy Lopez
LF- Otis Nixon – .297 72SB .371OBP – 1991 season
P- Greg Maddux

September 11, 2012 at 9:47 pm
(2) baseball says:

Can’t change positions, though. Hank didn’t play center field in his best season — I only found one where it’s close, and you can’t play Chipper at shortstop because he never played a full season there.

Otis Nixon? Really? I’ll stick with Lonnie Smith. Much better hitter. Not the greatest in the field, but a much better hitter. Otis wasn’t a left fielder, either.


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