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St. Louis Cardinals: Spring Training Report #3

With Eight Spring Training Games in the Books, Which Cardinals are Making a Name for Themselves down in Jupiter?

  • Basically, Monday, March 11, 2016 can and should be described as Adam Wainwright Day in Jupiter, Florida. Our true Cardinals ace took the mound for his first start in 2016, and we as fans were beyond excited to see him debut in the red and white. Of course, Wainwright did not disappoint, pitching 2.0 scoreless innings while striking out two hitters. Stephen Piscotty and Jedd Gyorko would both hit doubles, and Piscotty added 2 RBIs for the day as well. The Cardinals would beat the Mets, 9-4.

  • Mike Matheny handed the ball to Michael Wacha on Tuesday, and the young right-hander went to work. Wacha would pitch 2.0 innings, allowing 1 run and striking out 1 hitter. Luke Weaver, Seung-hwan Oh, and Sam Tuivailala also delivered solid innings for the Cardinals in this one. Besides a Matt Adams double and Anthony Garcia home run, the Redbirds would stay relatively quiet at the plate against the Twins. The Cardinals would go on to win the game by a score of 5-3 and improve their Spring Training record to 4-2.

  • Wednesday was another tough offensive day for the club in a 5-3 loss to the Marlins. Patrick Wisdom hit a home run, which is a good sign for one of the Cardinals’ best prospects who needs to get his swing going in 2016. Minus a couple of rough innings from Trevor Rosenthal and Marco Gonzales, the pitching was superb. Mike Leake opened the game with two scoreless frames while striking out two. Later, Jonathan Broxton (KILLING IT this spring) and Kevin Siegrist would throw a scoreless inning a piece.

  • I’m going to skip a recap of yesterday’s 7-2 loss to the Mets, because you really did not miss much. Instead, I’m going to talk briefly about Aledmys Diaz. The man really deserves his own bullet point, because he has stepped up for the Cardinals since Jhonny Peralta went dwon with a long-term injury. Diaz, a career .276 hitter in the minors, is now hitting .300 in the Grapefruit League with two doubles and three RBIs. It seems as if Diaz is trying to run away with the competition at shortstop since Peralta went down, and he’s doing a fantastic job so far. I’m sure that his 4-4 day against the Twins did not go unnoticed, so if he keeps it up, maybe we’ll see him at shortstop on Opening Day.

That’s it for this Spring Training report, be sure to keep it with to stay up to date on all Cardinals-related Grapefruit League news.