ORLANDO, Fla. – Edward Mujica doesn’t put much stock into his poor spring training numbers.
“Spring training is spring training,” Mujica said. “April 1 the season starts. … When the lights come on, everything will change.”
Mujica gave up six hits and five runs Tuesday, the fourth consecutive game he’s given up at least one run. Four of the hits went for extra bases and he now has a 15.00 ERA in six games this spring.
But the alarming results don’t appear to bother his pitching coach either.
“I’m not worried about Mujica one bit,” Derek Lilliquist quips.
Some of the struggles, Lilliquist says, are because the right-hander is working on his slider and throwing it much more in spring games than he would in the regular season.
“We’re trying to see if a third pitch will work for him,” Lilliquist said.
In his last four outings, Mujica has allowed 13 hits and 10 earned runs in just four innings. But he reports he’s healthy and just focused on building to be ready by April 1 when the Cardinals start the season in Arizona.
“They aren’t good looking,” Mujica says of his numbers. “But the good thing is I feel good. My arm is good. I’m just trying to get ready for the season.”
The Cardinals don’t appear to be concerned or worried. Yet.