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Another Day, Another Rout

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 7:29 AM
Filed Under: Houston Astros | Miami Marlins | St. Louis Cardinals
Blast it, I'm starting to get used to this type of game, the large-offense, small-pitching type which leaves the Cardinals comfortably in hand by the end of nine innings.  I know it won't continue, but even in spring, it's fun while it lasts.

It's a lot of fun when Oscar Taveras gets in on the action as well.  He was only one for four (though he was robbed of extra bases in his third at-bat) but the one was as potent as they come, a grand slam that led the Cards to an 8-2 win over Miami.  We've had the debate about where Taveras starts and probably will continue to have it, but this gives just another bullet to the "start him in St. Louis" crowd.

He wasn't the only one involved in the scoring, of course.  Matt Carpenter walked twice and scored two runs in the leadoff role (and fielded a double play grounder cleanly even after it touched Mitchell Boggs on the way by).  Shane Robinson continued to have a strong spring, going 2-4 with an RBI.  Yadier Molina drove in one.  Adron Chambers drove in one.  It was a pretty good day up and down the lineup.

The pitching side of things was pretty nice as well.  Jake Westbrook started before leaving after being hit on the knee, though afterwards he said that was just a precaution and he was fine.  Since he only threw 1+ innings, it's tough to say how effective he was, especially since he gave up a run.  We'll have to reserve some judgement until the next time he throws.

What we can say is Trevor Rosenthal looked much better yesterday than he did in the spring opener.  He went three innings, allowing only two hits, a walk and a run.  It would seem we could chalk up that rough first outing to nerves and overanxiousness, at least hopefully.  Out of the rest of the pitchers, only Randy Choate and Boggs seem to be ones we'll see in St. Louis and both of them threw scoreless innings, though Boggs did walk two people and was helped out by that double play Carpenter turned.

Besides Westbrook getting hit by a line drive, Carlos Beltran also left the game after being hit on the little toe by a pitch.  After the game, X-rays proved that it wasn't broken, but it was swollen up.  Beltran doesn't know if it'll affect his World Baseball Classic eligibility (that starts tonight, BTW, if you've not noticed) but it would seem to put a crimp in those plans, especially if it's still swollen today.  

Today's action looks to be worth checking out on MLB.tv, because Joe Kelly makes his first start of the spring in his bid for that last spot in the rotation.  Also, the Cardinals are going against Bud Norris and the Astros.  Does Norris's stuff work in the preseason?  Can he keep the rampaging offense down?  Tune in to see.

Chris Jaffe always has a lot of fun historical notes over in his column at The Hardball Times.  Yesterday, it was 10,000 days since the tarp ate up Vince Coleman.  Today, it's been 10,000 days since St. Louis went crazy on a home run by Ozzie Smith.  Check those out and relive the memories!

Last day for the Cardinal Approval Ratings and we talk Detroit Tigers later today.  Vote and come back!

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Carlos Beltran (6)
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Matt Holliday (4)
Jon Jay (4)
Matt Carpenter (3)
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Jaime Garcia (3)
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Allen Craig (2)
Lance Lynn (2)
Tyler Lyons (2)
Edward Mujica (2)
Jake Westbrook (2)
David Freese (1)
Joe Kelly (1)
Seth Maness (1)
Trevor Rosenthal (1)
Michael Wacha (1)
Ty Wigginton (1)

2012 Top Hero: Matt Holliday (17)
2011 Top Hero: Lance Berkman (24)
2010 Top Heroes: Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols (24)
2009 Top Hero: Albert Pujols (28)
2008 Top Hero: Albert Pujols (25)

Goats
Jon Jay (6)
David Freese (5)
Mitchell Boggs (4)
Joe Kelly (4)
Pete Kozma (4)
Matt Carpenter (3)
Allen Craig (3)
Daniel Descalso (3)
Jaime Garcia (3)
Yadier Molina (3)
Matt Adams (2)
Carlos Beltran (2)
Matt Carpenter (2)
Matt Holliday (2)
Lance Lynn (2)
Seth Maness (1)
Shane Robinson (1)
Fernando Salas (1)
Adam Wainwright (1)
Jake Westbrook (1)

2012 Top Goat: Rafael Furcal (11)
2011 Top Goat: Ryan Theriot (12)
2010 Top Goat: Brendan Ryan (14)
2009 Top Goats: Rick Ankiel and Todd Wellemeyer (13)
2008 Top Goat: Troy Glaus (13)

Cardinal Nation Approval Ratings (March 2013)
Yadier Molina 96.2% (up 8.8%)
Chris Carpenter 89.8% (down 0.3%)
Derrick Goold 89.1% (up 6.3%)
Matt Holliday 88.4% (up 0.9%)
Allen Craig 88.3%
Adam Wainwright 88.2% (down 3.7%)
Jose Oquendo 87.1% (up 2.4%)
Jason Motte 86.9%
John Mozeliak 86.5% (up 1.1%)
United Cardinal Bloggers 85.2% (up 6.3%)
Bill DeWitt 85.1% (up 5.3%)
Mike Shannon 85.1% (down 0.2%)
John Rooney 84.5% (up 3.0%)
Mike Matheny 84.4% (up 3.3%)
David Freese 82.9% (down 2.6%)
Jon Jay 81.8% (up 10.7%)
Lance Berkman 80.6% (down 8.0%)
Jenifer Langosch 79.5%
Lance Lynn 79.5%
Dan McLaughlin 76.0% (up 8.0%)
Jim Hayes 73.0% (up 1.1%)
Ricky Horton 65.5% (down 2.0%)
Jaime Garcia 64.1%
Albert Pujols 59.2% (up 4.3%)
Ballpark Village 58.3%
Joe Strauss 54.3% (down 13.4%)

2012
Tony La Russa 88.2% (up 17.4%)
Mark McGwire 82.6% (up 20.1%)
Skip Schumaker 73.3% (up 9.2%)
B.J. Rains 69.5% (down 0.9%)
Kyle Lohse 68.9% (up 13.8%)
Al Hrabosky 66.4% (up 3.2%)
Colby Rasmus 46.5% (down 35.3%)

2011
Dave Duncan 87.9% (up 0.9%)
Matthew Leach 85.5%
Pop Warner 76.7%
Ryan Franklin 72.8% (up 3.1%)
John Vuch 68.9%
Jeff Luhnow 66.4%
Dan Lozano 58.7%

2009
Rick Ankiel 83.9%
Chris Duncan 69.1%


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