On Opening Day, Hazelbaker and Oh both made their MLB debuts for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Though there were not many positive things about the Cardinals opening day performance, there was one silver lining on the day. Seung-hwan Oh looked impressive in his MLB debut Sunday. He struck out two batters in a scoreless inning of work.
Oh looked to be nervous in his debut though, struggling with his accuracy. Out of Oh’s 27 pitches, only 12 were strikes. He also walked 2 batters and had to work his way out of trouble.
On the other hand, his stuff looked sharp at times. He was occasionally able to spot up his fastballs with sinking action on the outside corner. Though he threw a ton of fastballs, his off speed also looked very sharp. His splitter was deceiving and had a ton of movement. This off-speed prowess is typical for Asian pitchers.
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Along with Oh, our favorite player (or at least mine) Jeremy Hazelbaker also made his MLB debut, striking out in a pinch hit appearance in the 7th. Though he did not get the result he (we) like, it is crucial that he was able to get it out of the way. After spending 7 seasons in the minor leagues, Hazelbaker finally made it to the MLB. He also looked nervous in his debut but it is also expected from a 28 year old rookie.
With Tommy Pham hitting the DL, Hazelbaker will be given the opportunity to compete for playing time with Matt Adams and Brandon Moss. Manager Mike Matheny will have a tough decision this April on who he should play. Matt Holliday already started at 1st base over Adams and Moss on opening day showing Mantheny’s lack of confidence in his 1st base options or at least his belief in Pham’s bat.