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First Win In The Books

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 6:59 AM
Filed Under: St. Louis Cardinals
Oh, how we are going to miss Houston.

Not long-term, of course.  With Jeff Luhnow in charge down there it wouldn't be surprising to see Houston contending for divisional titles in a couple of years.  However, they aren't there yet and until they are, there are some wins just sitting there when the Astros are on your schedule.

The Cardinals found that out yesterday with a 10-2 rout of the Houston squad.  Lots of fun for the hitters in this one, as David Freese drove in a couple of runs and Matt Holliday, Allen Craig and Pete Kozma--hang on, Pete Kozma?--hit home runs.  You can tell it's spring when Kozma and Daniel Descalso have as many home runs as Holliday and Craig and more than Yadier Molina.  Not sure what the wind was doing yesterday, but it might be worth keeping an eye on Kozma.  I don't expect that we could see anything approaching last year, but I'd like to be surprised.

Adam Wainwright went 2.2 innings yesterday, allowing only four hits and striking out three.  There's been a lot of talk in the last couple of days in the Post-Dispatch about whether the Cardinals really want to sign Wainwright.  I don't pretend to know the motivations of the club but there would seem to be a desire to do so tempered with the knowledge that pitchers get hurt and players leave.  Still, it sounds like the hangup is over length of deal rather than financial issues, so perhaps a four-year deal with a fifth year option that would vest if Waino hit some fairly easy-to-reach-if-healthy innings target in the third or fourth year would work.  Hopefully they'll get to this quickly because if yesterday is any indication, the price isn't going to get cheaper during the season.

There's a really great story about Jason Motte over at the Cardinals' official site.  You know it's a rewarding offseason when a new contract is just the cherry on top.  It's neat to hear Motte talk about his newborn daughter and his excitement about being able to help out a worthy organization helping folks that have cancer.  We'll see how Motte does on the field in the next couple of years, but he seems to be doing pretty well off the diamond right now and that's worth a lot.

Jaime Garcia goes in today's tilt at the Red Sox's spring training site against Ryan Dempster.  If Garcia comes off the mound still healthy, we'll call it a win.  A great performance would just be icing on the cake.  Don't forget to vote in the Cardinal Approval Ratings and come back this afternoon as we play pepper with the Reds!


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Heroes
Carlos Beltran (6)
Yadier Molina (5)
Matt Holliday (4)
Jon Jay (4)
Matt Carpenter (3)
Daniel Descalso (3)
Jaime Garcia (3)
Pete Kozma (3)
Shelby Miller (3)
Adam Wainwright (3)
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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