Once again, I am reporting from St. Louis Cardinals extended spring training camp in a very quiet Jupiter, Florida. To be accurate, it is quiet for the fans and media, but not for 69 players active on one of two rosters.
The Red players, led by State College skipper Oliver Marmol, are the more experienced ones while the White team, headed by Johnson City Cardinals manager Johnny Rodriguez, typically includes the younger players. Nothing is cast in ink as players move across rosters as necessary.
The Cardinals have two EST teams as do the Mets. The Marlins have just one. With the odd number of teams, one of the five has a camp day every day.
The format of EST starts with 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30 AM buses from the hotel. Hitters get early cage work at 7:45. 8:40 is the formal start with Yellow Pad reviews led by the managers (a George Kissell staple) followed by stretch and conditioning, followed by long toss. Next is Fundamentals, with the specifics decided by the managers. By 9:40, it is time for batting practice followed by an early 10:50 AM lunch and games at noon. Saturdays have a compressed schedule that ends with a 10 AM contest.
On Tuesday, the Red squad played the Marlins team on Field 2 in the Kissell Quad. Field 5, just across the way, was the site of the White game in which the Mets 2 were the opponent.
The Red team prevailed by a 6-2 tally, while the White team was on the wrong end of a 3-1 decision. The wind was blowing at 17 mph, toward the plate in the White game and out toward right on the Red field.
Before we get into game results, let's review the lineups, pitchers and their velocities.
|Mateo||3||FB 90-91||Nielsen||3||FB 88-91|
|Frey||2||FB 88-90 T92||Grana||2||FB 90 T92|
|CB 78||CB 81|
|C/up 76||Split 73|
|Gerdel||2||FB 88-89||J Perez||2||FB 88-91 T93|
|Slider 79||CB 79-82|
|Caballero||1||FB 88-90||Rauh||1||FB 90-91|
|CB 74-76||Split 79|
|Hawkins||1||FB 83-84||Booden||1||FB 88-90|
|Y Medina||1||FB 90-91||J Lucas||1||FB 87-89|
Justin Ringo doubled to deep center leading off the second.
Vaughn Bryan doubled into the right field corner, Voit reached on an error and Cruz singled off the shortstop's glove to load the bases. Bryan scored on an RBI single by Ringo. Voit also came home on the play when the ball eluded the Marlins catcher.
Juan Perez yielded a double and an RBI single in his first inning of work, but followed with a nice 1-2-3 frame.
Voit's RBI double into the right-field corner scored Bryan. Rafael Medina added an RBI double of his own, plating Voit.
A Marlins triple hit off Yeison Medina turned into a run following a single.
DeAndre Asbury-Heath doubled. The outfielder is tall and rangy. He attempted a double steal with Devante Lacy and I think they both would have been successful even if the catcher had been able to handle the pitch, which he didn't.
Centerfielder Carlos Torres made an impressive throw, nailing a Mets runner at the plate. He is another tall, slender player that looks like he could improve as he fills out.
Shortstop Edmundo Sosa blasted a home run to right for the only White run of the day. He drew a pair of free passes as well.
Catcher Joshua Lopez, fresh from the Dominican Summer League, threw out a Mets runner trying to steal second.
Lacy turned a single to right center into a hustle double.
Juan Caballero allowed a solo home run to left, against the wind, to a Mets batter.
In Wednesday's installment, I will include full rosters.
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