The St. Louis Cardinals remade their lineup for Tuesday night’s Game 4 as they attempt to stave off a sweep by taking a right-handed-heavy approach against Washington Nationals lefty Patrick Corbin.

St. Louis Manager Mike Shildt sat struggling leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler and replaced him in the batting order with Tommy Edman, a young, switch-hitting utility player. Shildt also boosted José Martínez, who got into the starting lineup for the first time in Game 3 because the Cardinals struggled not just to score but to get hits, to No. 2 in the order. That gave the Cardinals right-handed hitters in their top seven spots of the lineup.

Shildt flopped his only left-handed hitter, Kolten Wong, to the No. 8 spot to protect him against Corbin, who has been particularly tough on lefties this season. Harrison Bader takes Fowler’s place in center field, even though the right-handed hitter has struggled against left-handed pitching, posting a .640 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.

The Cardinals are hoping these changes spark their offense because they’ve scored their only two runs of the series on defensive miscues.

Shildt left the heart of his order the same even though No. 3 Paul Goldschmidt finished Monday night 0 for 4 with four strikeouts and No. 4 Marcell Ozuna had a base-running blunder that hurt his team in the second inning.

The full lineup:


Tommy Edman 3B

José Martínez RF

Paul Goldschmidt 1B

Marcell Ozuna LF

Yadier Molina C

Paul DeJong SS

Harrison Bader CF

Kolten Wong 2B

Dakota Hudson P

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