Pre-season games give players a chance to step up and impress

Pre-season games give players a chance to step up and impress

Pre-season games give players a chance to step up and impress

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by Brian Feldman, News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on March 6, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 6 at 11:56 AM

(BaseballStL)--The Cards and Mike Matheny get set for their second game of Spring Training on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie against the Mets.

 Here's the lineup: 

1) Shane Robinson - CF

2) Skip Schumaker - 2B

3) Matt Holliday - DH

4) David Freese - 3B

5) Yadier Molina - C

6) Mark Hamilton - 1B

7) Matt Carpenter - RF

8) Ryan Jackson - SS

9) Adron Chambers - LF

 Jake Westbrook will make the start.  He'll be followed by the likes of Kyle McClellan, Maikel Cleto, Fernando Salas, Sam Freeman, Adam Ottavino among others.

 Looking at the lineup, this is the first opportunity for several guys to make an impression for a potential bench spot this year in St. Louis.  Matt Carpenter was the surprise of Spring Training last year but failed to make the team at the very end.  With David Freese coming on strong and helping the Cardinals to a World Series championship, it would seem Carpenter is going to have to learn to play more than just 3rd base if he's going to stick in the majors...at least in St. Louis.  Carpenter says he has not played the outfield since Grapefruit League play last year (when, ironically, he almost went into a game at shortstop) and will need to show versatility to win over GM John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny.  Today is his first test.

 Other guys to watch out for today include Adron Chambers and Mark Hamilton.  Chambers is in competition for a bench spot in the outfield while Hamilton is trying to stick as an infielder and outfielder.  Both offer different skills.  Hamilton is more of a power bat while Chambers offers speed. 

Ryan Jackson is someone to watch for the future.  He'll be the AAA shortstop this season with the possibility of winning a bench spot in 2013. That's the last year of Rafael Furcal's contract so, if things go his way, Jackson could be the starting shortstop in St. Louis after that.

 Keep checking KMOV.com, plus our mobile and iPad apps for the latest updates from Florida.

 

--Brian Feldman, News 4 Sports

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