Piscotty, Wong back in lineup after big days

Piscotty, Wong back in lineup after big days

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JUPITER, FL - MARCH 1: Stephen Piscotty #91 of the St Louis Cardinals drives in a run against the Miami Marlins in the seventh inning during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium on March 1, 2014 in Jupiter, Florida. The Marlins defeated the Cardinals 5-4. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

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by Brian Feldman, Baseball STL

KMOV.com

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 8:19 AM

JUPITER, Fla.—Fresh off a big day at home against the Mets, outfield prospect Stephen Piscotty and second baseman Kolten Wong are both headed to Port St. Lucie and in the starting lineup.

Piscotty drilled a two out RBI double to left in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie things up yesterday in a game the Cards would eventually lose.  Wong, meanwhile, homered and doubled as he continues to hot streak after starting off Grapefruit League play 0-10 with four strikeouts.

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Piscotty hits 5th today, Wong 6th.  The rest of Mike Matheny’s lineup up north:

1)    Matt Carpenter - 3B
2)    Peter Bourjos - CF
3)    Shane Robinson - LF
4)    Matt Adams - 1B
5)    Stephen Piscotty - RF
6)    Kolten Wong - 2B
7)    Randal Grichuk - DH
8)    Tony Cruz - C
9)    Pete Kozma - SS

Carlos Martinez is making his third start of spring training for the Cardinals and will be followed in Port St. Lucie by Kevin Siegrist, Pat Neshek, Seth Maness, Keith Butler, Sam Gaviglio and Sam Freeman.

Each time they take the mound, Carlos Martinez and Joe Kelly are making a major impression (good or bad) on whether or not they’ll be in the starting rotation this season.  Today, Martinez gets his chance.  It’s his 3rd start of spring and will come in the exact same ballpark against the exact same team as his last one.  The young fire baller hasn’t been perfect this spring but he’s been really good.  Overall in two starts, Martinez has thrown six innings, given up three hits, two runs with a walk and two strikeouts.  His only blemish this spring was in the first inning of his first start back on February 28th when he allowed a hit to Giancarlo Stanton followed up by a two run home run to Garrett Jones.  Other than that Martinez has been terrific.  Will he continue that today as he tries to stake his claim to a starting spot?

Seth Maness has not been good this spring.  And by not good, I mean awful.  In 4.1 innings he’s surrendered 10 hits, six runs and uncharacteristically walked three.  Maness’ game is control with his sinker.  If he leaves things up, it doesn’t look pretty.  Because Maness doesn’t throw very hard he has little margin for error and can’t afford to make mistakes up in the zone.  Just look at what Jonny Gomes did to him in Game 4 of the World Series.  There’s still time left for him to make the necessary corrections before the regular season starts.  He needs to use it wisely.

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