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St. Louis Cardinals: Spring Training Report #5

With Almost a Month Down and a Couple Weeks Left, How are the Cardinals Playing in the Dog Days of Spring?

  • On Tuesday March 15, when we last left off, the Cardinals had played a long stretch of games without a break, so fortunately they were able to get some rest on one of their scheduled off days of Spring Training. Even with the 162-game season ahead, the MLB does not allow many breaks in Spring Training, so it’s crucial for the players to take their rest and recovery seriously during these off days. Here’s an interesting story about language gaps for Seung-hwan Oh in Cardinals camp:

  • On Wednesday, the Cardinals tied the Nationals 8-8. Usually, I would skip the tied games because they are so stupid, even for Spring Training, but because of the off day on Tuesday I will discuss this game. Jaime Garcia got the start and was rattled a bit, giving up four earned runs and five hits in four innings, which unfortunately continued a trend that Cardinals fans have seen this spring. Jonathan Broxton delivered another scoreless inning, and Trevor Rosenthal rebounded to pitch a scoreless inning while striking out two. At the plate, Stephen Piscotty, Randal Grichuk, and Jedd Gyorko would all go 2 for 3 with Gyorko adding two RBIs.

  • On Thursday, Carlos Martinez would make his second start of Spring Training, going 2 and 2/3 innings while allowing two earned runs, four hits, and striking out five. Martinez was not as sharp as can be, but just the fact that he is getting quality experience in Spring Training is a good sign, for now. Seung-hwan Oh allowed his first earned run in five Spring Training appearances, and Seth Maness added a scoreless inning in relief. Jeremey Hazelbaker would mash a three-run home run in the 8th inning, but unfortunately the Cardinals could not complete the rally. The Tigers beat the Redbirds, 5-4.

  • On Friday, the Cardinals lost 2-0 to the Tigers. Adam Wainwright got the start and pitched well, but not perfect. He gave up two runs and six hits in 4 and 2/3 innings of work. Otherwise, Broxton and Walden pitched scoreless innings in relief, but that’s about it. With Wainwright pitching again after Martinez’s start, it seems that a rotation has formed for the Cardinals. Mike Matheny already announced that Wainwright will start on Opening Day, but after him, nothing has been formally announced. Based on the cycles through Spring Training, we can guess that the rotation will shake out like this: Adam Wainwright, then Michael Wacha, then Mike Leake, then Jaime Garcia, and anchored by Carlos Martinez. This is definitely a starting rotation that Cardinals fans should be excited to watch in 2016.

Sorry that this Spring Training Report was a little more dry than usual. With less than three weeks until Opening Day, Cardinals fans should at least be excited that the team has a starting rotation in order. Keep it with for all your spring training news and Spring Training Report #6 in the coming days.