The Cards get the offense going today with the help of the long ball and beat the Mets at Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie, FL by the score of 7-1.
Adam Wainwright made his second start of spring training and David Freese went deep along with Yadier Molina.
The highlights of the day:
David Freese hit a home run for the 2nd consecutive game. Typically, Freese is not looked at as a power hitter. He’s never really been projected as a 30 home run kind of guy. And hitting a home run in two straight meaningless spring training games is certainly not something to get excited about.
However...in talking with the Cards 3rd baseman after the game he says he could see himself hitting for a little more power for one reason and one reason only. Your power comes from the lower half of your body and that’s what hasn’t been totally healthy for him the last few years. Freese says his lower half feels great and that could lead to some additional power. Now, you’ll never get a guy like him to predict a certain number of home runs. He’s not the type of person to do that. But I did try and phrase a question to him by asking if he could see himself as more than a 15-home run kind of guy. He said absolutely. Without saying it, and I’m not suggest he was implying this, I believe Freese thinks he could hit 30 homers in a season. He would never admit it because it looks like a prediction and would then get a lot of attention throughout the year. Having said that, however, he does not consider himself a home run hitter.
He says the ball just happens to leave the park sometimes.
Another item with Freese is the fact he hasn’t had any issues with his health so far this spring.
While that sounds sarcastic, he has been insanely fragile the last few years to the point where it was a question of whether or not the Cards could count on him. Freese says it is a big deal for him to show that he can stay healthy for 162 games. Not just for himself...but he needs to show the organization that he can be reliable.
Adam Wainwright pitched 3 shutout innings today but says he was not nearly as good as the last time he was on the mound in Fort Myers for the first start since 2010. He does not blame the short rest (only got 3 days in between as opposed to the typical 4) but simply says the results were better than his stuff actually was. But, considering his talent, he knows how to go out on the mound and deliver even when he’s not feeling like his usually dominant self.