St. Louis Cardinals infielder Tommy Edman and outfielder Lars Nuthba were expected to enter the bottom batting order side by side.
MLB.com predicted the lineup of the top 10 teams this year on the 24th (hereinafter Korean time). After the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) was over, Edmund and Nutba, who met again as colleagues, predicted that they would play in No. 9 and No. 8, respectively.
MLB.com looked at the St. Louis batting line following the Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, and Toronto Blue Jays.
Brendan Donovan (second baseman) and Jordan Walker (left fielder) were teamed up as table setters. Following that, Paul Goldschmidt (first baseman), Nolan Arenado (third baseman), and Wilson Contreras (catcher) were placed 3rd through 5th.
Nolan Goreman (designated hitter) entered the 6th, and Tyler O’Neill (center fielder) entered the 7th, followed by right fielder Nutba and shortstop Edmon. 메이저사이트
Nutba, who debuted in the big leagues in 2021, recorded a batting average of 2.28, 14 homers and 40 RBIs in 108 games last season. Edmund, who jumped into the major leagues in 2019, had a batting average of .265 with 13 homers and 57 RBIs in 153 games last season.
Nutba, whose mother is Japanese, was selected for the Japanese national team, and Edmund, whose mother is Korean, was selected for the Korean national team, respectively, to play in the 2023 WBC tournament. Edmund suffered the bitter taste of being eliminated from the group stage, but Nutba contributes to Japan’s victory, increasing its value and preparing for the new major league season.
Edmund and Nutba met as enemies as well as colleagues. At the Tokyo Dome in Japan on the 10th, Nutba went 4 at bats with 2 hits and 1 RBI, while Edmon went 4 at bats and had no hits. At that time, Korea was defeated 4-13.