News, Notes and Historical Information on the St. Louis Cardinals
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Larry Borowsky previewed the Cardinals over at the Hardball Times today. He starts with some thoughts on last year and then asks five key questions the Cardinals need to answer to contend in 2007. He talks about the offense, Jim Edmonds and Braden Looper as well as the team’s front office.
Tony LaRussa picked his five man rotation today and he also noted that he’d stick with the five men even if one isn’t needed because of all the early days off. There’s no surprise that Chris Carpenter is the number one but then you have Kip Wells followed by Braden Looper, Adam Wainwright and then Anthony Reyes. I can definitely live with that.
Beyond the Boxscore takes a look at the Cardinals from a more sabermetric slant. In a nice write up, you get a look at pretty much all of the Cardinals starters even if the conclusion is a bit pessimistic. He concludes that he’s beginning to waver on what he thought would be a slam dunk repeat (of the division title, not neccesarily the World Series) for the Cardinals in 2007 but he sees the Brewers making some gains.
Chris Duncan hit his fifth homerun of the spring, which is now tied for the lead in all of baseball. Don’t quote me on this, but I’m pretty sure the player who led the majors in homeruns in the spring season (Ryan Howard and Andruw Jones) went on to lead the majors in homeruns during the regular season.
Eli Marrero also had a great game. He had four hits and he drove in four runs while Preston Wilson had three hits and three runs in the game.
Not be outdone, Anthony Reyes threw six shutout innings in which he struck out one. The Cardinals play the Orioles tomorrow in a day game.
Beyond the Boxscore recently profiled Cardinals centerfield prospect Shane Robinson. He’s the Cardinals fifth round pick in 2006 and he played college ball at Florida State. He definitely looks like a project player but he bears watching in the minors. He steals a bunch of bases and if he can develop his already solid hitting eye and draw some walks, he could turn out to be a steal.
I guess I’d rather see this kind of stuff happen now then in September, but the Cardinals are going to be short two outfielders come opening day. The important one is Jim Edmonds who is still recovering from foot and shoulder surgery. Less important but a player none othe less is Juan Encarnacion, who’s out after wrist surgery.
So it looks like for now, Chris Duncan will get the start in left and Scott Spiezio will play right. Centerfield will be a platoon of probably Preston Wilson and So Taguchi but it’ll probably leave room for one of the kids to make the team coming out of camp. Rick Ankiel’s been a name that’s been thrown around so we’ll see what happens.
Matthew Leach recently penned a great column on Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan and the rest of the pitching related coaching staff. It’s a good inside look at how things work and in a top notch organization no less.
The Cardinals improved their spring record to 4-3 yesterday with a blowout win over the Dodgers. Skip Schumaker had a big game with two homeruns and three RBIs while Chris Duncan, John Rodriguez and Edgar V. Gonzalez all went yard as well.
Braden Looper looked sharp and threw 3 1/3 innings of shutout ball in his longest start of the spring. He gave up four hits and he struck out one. The Cardinals take on the Twins today (although they’ll be going against their B team, they have a split squad game).
And for more on Skip Schumaker, here’s a great column about him by Matthew Leach.
The Cardinals scored twelve runs on fourteen hits today, and thirteen of those fourteen hits were singles with the lone outlier being a double by Scott Rolen. Chris Duncan had two hits, two runs and two RBIs while Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen each had two hits and an RBI.
Anthony Reyes had two shutout innings while Brad Thompson was even better with three perfect innings. Adam Wainwright throws tomorrow for the Cardinals in their day game against the Astros.
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