The Cardinals Spring Training Notebook 02/26

Spring training game one is in the books, as the St. Louis Cardinals and the Florida Marlins finished in a 5-5 tie after 10 innings yesterday at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter Florida, in front of an unusually small crowd of 3,844 fans.

If there is some unwritten rule somewhere that "there is no crying in baseball", pardon my crying, but couldn't we add another rule somewhere stating, "there are no ties in baseball". Granted I know, it's spring training, it's an exhibition, the games don't count, etc. and who cares about the diminishing fans in the seats that left the ballgame treated with a tie game. But a tie?

My continual rant against the World Baseball Classic. If we have enough players so that we can afford to send players to the World Baseball Classic in the middle of spring training, you'd think we would have enough to play a game until there is a winner. Here's a bet, one will get you five, and I bet there won't be any ties in the World Baseball Classic, just a thought.

Someone told me this, I can't believe it's true, but is baseball commissioner Bud Selig really making $18 million a year?

If so, you have to be kidding me, for $18 million you could get still free agent, the unwanted slugger, Manny Ramirez, for three months.

 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE GAME

Rick Ankiel is healthy and back on his game, going 2-for-3 with two RBI, while teammate and the Cardinals new second baseman Skip Schumaker had two hits and scored twice for the Redbirds. Outfielder Colby Rasmus, the only player in the lineup to play the entire game, began making his case for making room for him on the 25-man roster, reaching base three times yesterday, going 2-for-5 with a double and a walk.

Starter Blake Hawksworth threw 2 2/3 shutout innings, giving up three hits while walking one and striking out two. On the day, Hawksworth faced 11 batters, throwing 40 pitches, 22 for strikes, inducing three groundball and fly outs to compliment his two strikeouts on the day. Hawksworth, who can be as impressive as anyone in camp, retired six of the final seven batters he faced.

 

LOWLIGHTS FROM THE GAME

5-to-5 tie.

The Cardinals were 3-for-17 with runners in scoring positions with 20 plate appearances with runners in scoring position during the game. The team finished the day leaving 14 runners stranded on base. Colby Rasmus, third baseman Joe Mather and catcher Jason LaRue, each stranded five runners on base in yesterday's game.

 

NOTES AND QUOTES

According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, starting catcher Yadier Molina sat out the spring opener because he will play at least the next three games before leaving to join Team Puerto Rico in its preparations for the World Baseball Classic.

Infielder Tyler Greene, the player in the Cardinals' organization that I projected as the team's "Sleeper" this spring, in one of my articles published in the new FoxSports.com Fantasy Baseball Magazine (on the shelves in your local bookstores now), has been very impressive this spring in early play. The 25-year-old shortstop was added to the Cardinals 40-man roster in November to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. Greene split playing time last season between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis before finishing the year playing at second, short and third in the Arizona Fall. Begging the question, was he auditioning in Arizona for a utility role with the St. Louis Cardinals this season?

Troy Glaus is not expected to resume baseball-related activities until mid-March and probably will miss the season's first four to six weeks. It is not out of the realm of possibility that he could be out of the lineup until June, then there has to be some concern about him being able to hit with some power, once he does return to the lineup.

Wednesday's Boxscore - Cards 5, Marlins 5 (10)

 

COMING UP

Kyle Lohse will get the start today at Fort Lauderdale vs.Baltimore. Scheduled to follow Lohse are Chris Perez, Brad Furnish, Ian Ostlund and Charlie Manning.

 

PROGRAMMING NOTES

Today's Game – Cardinals @ Baltimore at 1:05 (ET), Game Day Audio, Birdhouse "Live" Game Day Thread

Friday's Game – Cardinals @ Mets at 1:05 PM (ET), will be carried by the MLBN, Game Day Audio, XM 177, SportsNet NY & Birdhouse "Live" Game Day Thread

Saturday's Game – Cardinals vs. Nationals at 1:05 PM (ET), will be broadcasted by the Big 550 KTRS, Game Day Audio & XM 176

TELEVISED GAMES

Please note, all Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday spring games beginning Saturday will be carried on the Cardinals flagship station, KTRS radio. The Cards will televise seven games this spring, their most ever, including; the Saturday, March 14 game vs. ATL and March 22 tilt with the Orioles will be carried on KSDK News Channel 5. FSN Midwest will televise the March 16 game at Lakeland (DET), March 18 game in Jupiter vs. BAL, March 25 game vs. HOU, March 29 at Fort Myers (MIN) and April 3 at Memphis.

 



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