March 9: Marlins @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/

Records: Cardinals (4-2), Marlins (2-4)

First pitch: 12:05 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, MLB.TV, KMOX 1120

Starting lineup: Kolten Wong (2B), Matt Carpenter (3B), Matt Holliday (1B), Randal Grichuk (CF), Brandon Moss (DH), Jedd Gyorko (SS), Tommy Pham (RF), Anthony Garcia (LF), Yadier Molina (C)

Starting matchup: Mike Leake vs. Adam Conley

Available relievers: Marco Gonzales, Trevor Rosenthal, Kevin Siegrist, Jonathan Broxton, Matthew Bowman, Corey Littrell, Miguel Socolovich

Countdown until Opening Day: 25

Links from Tuesday:

  • As the Cardinals brace for Jhonny Peralta’s extended absence, here are some of their shortstop alternatives (link)
  • Michael Wacha, on his new cutter and the efficiency he hopes it brings (link)
  • Yadier Molina has begun to swing a bat — and he’s making his first start on Wednesday (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 5-3 win over the Twins on Tuesday (link)

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Looks like Leake did well though Marco, Bowman and Trevor have kinks to work out still.Good to see Mike looking good in a Cars uniform. Very nervous about Yadi and hope they are not rushing him back yet again.

Abandoning Piscotty at 1st base is not smart. Holiday has 1 more yr. and he’s gone. Piscotty is more valuable than Holiday now and should be kept versital to keep him in the line up.We now have 2, count them 2 Homers as a team this spring and one belongs to a guy who will be assigned before camp breaks. 7 games in and the long ball is once again missing. Mo will wish he made a deal for power over the winter before this season is over, and so will we.

And if that’s all they can hit in those small parks in Florida its even more of a weakness..

Too bad spring training games don’t give a clear sign of anything; look at where the Cubs are now – hope that trend continues but highly unlikely. But fun to see for the moment.

Vegas odds makers have the Cubs winning it all. They’ve set the over at 90 wins, while the Cards and Bucs come in at 87.5.We’ll see.

What is the recent track record of these odds makers?

Garcia had a pretty impressive start today but some of the more borderline pitchers let them down. Hope Jaime can build confidence as a strong season from him would be a real boost to their chances.

“Delicate Jaime” gave up 2 runs, Mitch Harris 4. Not THE best outings. Adams homered & doubled, so that’s good. I read there’s a rumor that the Cards might be interested in the Mets’ 26 y/o SS/2B Ruben Tejada. NY could keep him or farm him out. Not expensive, approx $3M I think? But only a .255 lifetime.
Martinez starts tomorrow, mabye?

Box score shows Garcia no ER, Harris 2, Gomber? 4. Was a better day for Jaime though it might not last.

I just don’t trust prima-donna Jaime. That’s all. I really hope I’m wrong tho’. I feel that Harris still has some developing yet to do. Maybe he’ll get better as time progresses. Never heard of Gomber before just recently, but he’s not too bad. Just glad the game vs the Braves is being aired tomorrow.
Perhaps platooning Diaz & Gyorko is the way to go. But nothing I’ve read is suggesting that as a good option. It’s either one or the other, I guess.
As Dave always points out….it’s not good to try doing deals from a position of weakness/desperation, if Mo would wanna’ buy a SS.

Yeah, my bad. I misread the box scores….

I was watching off and on via MLB.TV (New York coverage but pretty respectful to the Cardinals).

Well, as long as the Cards remain as the projected “underdog” this year…I doubt that most writers (or other teams, for that matter)…will disrespect the Red Birds. It would appear to come off a tad bully-ish, considering.

It’s good to experiment during Spring Training. To switch things up, to multitask, to try to find some innovation in the daily routine of baseball — anything to optimize your time and gain a competitive advantage.

Spring is weird. Gonzales did much better today and Wacha was off. Hope Micheal finds his form as his wins were very important last year.

Yeah, Gonzales WAS good today. How ’bout that one kid who pitched for us in the 7th or 8th. He had 94 mph fastballs with pretty decent control. Maybe Sandy Alcantara???
Also, “Maggie (apparently short for Magneuris) Sierra in the outfield, seemed like a real go-getter.
As for Wacha? I think he might be prone to getting a case of the nerves once somebody hits off him. Hopefully, he’ll settle in with a few more outings & the “flutters” will go away.
At least the Cubbies tied the A’s today, too…and Schwarber went 0 for 3.
Aw, too bad. Hahaha.

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