Cards make final push towards Opening Day


by Brian Feldman / BaseballStL | @BFeldman

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 26 at 10:54 AM

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(BaseballStL) -- When spring training begins there's still more than a month and a half to knock off the rust.  Excuses are easily built in for players. 

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Now? There's just three games remaining before Opening Day arrives March 31st. 

Save for Kolten Wong and Peter Bourjos, all starters are in the lineup and in spots they well could find themselves in the batting order against the Reds on Monday.

Adam Wainwright makes his final tune-up start of spring with a limit of approximately 100 pitches to get ready.  If he's as efficient as he was on Friday against these same Nationals, the staff ace could go the distance.

1) Matt Carpenter - 3B

2) Jhonny Peralta - SS

3) Matt Holliday - LF

4) Allen Craig - RF

5) Yadier Molina - C

6) Matt Adams - 1B

7) Mark Ellis - 2B

8) Jon Jay - C

9) Adam Wainwright - P

Every reliever remaining in big league camp is on the list of pitchers available to throw after Wainwright.  That includes newly signed David Aardsma, who is vying for the final spot in the bullpen after being released by Cleveland last week.