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Bats Come Alive As Wainwright Cruises

Posted on March 14, 2012 at 7:02 AM
Filed Under: St. Louis Cardinals
There's no doubt that is already paying off.  With games going on in Jupiter, being able to occasionally see the Cardinals as well as follow the reports on Twitter or hear it occasionally on the radio is a blessing.

No more so than when Adam Wainwright is on the hill.  Coming home for lunch yesterday, I got the Kindle Fire running to watch Waino and he didn't disappoint.  While he might not have been as sharp as possible, he still looked very good for only his second spring start.  He went three scoreless, with just three people reaching base.  All that said, Wainwright wasn't that impressed with his outing, which just goes to show how far away from the surgery and its effects that he is. If he was still wondering about the arm, he'd been thrilled.  Now, though, he can focus on the results and how he's getting those results.

He got plenty of support in his time on the hill, though.  David Freese hit a two-run homer in the first and Yadier Molina hit a solo shot to start off the second.  Later on, Bryan Anderson helped the team's (and his) cause by roping a two-run double as St. Louis won 7-1.  Hopefully we'll see a lot of these games this year, with shutdown pitching and the offense piling on.  That'd make for a good year, wouldn't it?

Apparently Mike Matheny was serious about adding the running game to the Cardinals.  Tyler Greene and Daniel Descalso pulled off a double steal, with Greene taking home while Descalso took second.  I can't think of the last time something like that happened for the Cards!

With Chris Carpenter still not ready to take the mound, the Cards are looking at what to do without him, at least in the short-term.  Lance Lynn goes in today's game so he can stretch out and be the fifth starter, keeping a chair warm for Carp until he returns.  How they get from the starter spot to Jason Motte, though, is still under discussion.

Matheny doesn't seem to be that interested in defining those roles just yet, and that's understandable.  In the spring, you have guys coming in much earlier in the game than you hope they would during the season.  You have guys that have to get work and so you don't use the guys on back-to-back days or in the same role twice.  I'd guess that Matheny knows roughly how he wants to use people, but it really doesn't do any good to talk about that at the moment.

Speaking of the bullpen, there was a Tweet yesterday from Jon Morosi saying that the Orioles were still interested in Kyle McClellan, but the Carpenter uncertainty might keep him in St. Louis.  With Carpenter's injury not considered severe and a lot of bullpen arms, it would seem strange if the Cards wanted to move McClellan but didn't because of that.  You'd still have Fernando Salas, Eduardo Sanchez, Mitchell Boggs, J.C. Romero, Marc Rzepczynski, and Motte out there, meaning you could either go with a 14-11 split with hitters and pitchers or use another guy until Carpenter is fine and Lynn can go back to the bullpen.  I don't know what the Orioles would be offering, but to say the Cards wouldn't do it only because of Carpenter doesn't seem reasonable.

Being that it's the season for brackets, check out Derrick Goold's player matchups, taking the best of Cardinal history and pitting them against each other.  Right now it's Stan Musial vs. Todd Worrell, and you won't be surprised to know that it's unanimous and likely will stay that way.  There's a thought that the bloggers might do a similar project and if that gets off the ground I'll let you know.

Playing Pepper turns its attention to the Mets later today.  Also, if you are in the Fayetteville area or want to listen on line, I'll be on 92.1 The Ticket about 12:30 today talking about the Cards and spring training.  Cards and Astros today from Jupiter and it's on KMOX, so we can hear how Lynn is doing.  Sounds like a good day!

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