St. Louis Cardinals prospectJaime Garcia throws a bullpen session Monday morning. By Lakisha Jackson
St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Colby Rasmus waits on deck as closer Ryan Franklin throws a live batting practice session. By Lakisha Jackson
By Lakisha Jackson
2009 Cy Young Award finalist Adam Wainwright throws a pitch during live batting practice Monday afternoon. By Lakisha Jackson
St. Louis Cardinals prospect Jaime Garcia throws a bullpen session Monday morning. By Lakisha Jackson
Jupiter, Fl (KMOV) - Monday morning's workouts featured both Adam Wainwright and Kyle Lohse throwing live batting practice sessions against the heart of the Cardinals lineup, as sluggers Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, and Ryan Ludwick were all in the same hitting group once again.
Wainwright looked in midseason form from the get-go, keeping the hitters on their toes with a good mix of pitches.
Lohse, however, had a tough time keeping the ball down, and hitters made him pay for it. It's still hard to say he stuggled, though, because pitchers aren't necessarily looking at results at this point in camp. A pitcher like Lohse, for example, might throw the same pitch five times in a row. Hitters are bound to catch on eventually.
The point of the live BP sessions is really for pitchers to work on their pitches and locations. The timing of hitters is usually still a work in progress at this point of Spring and doesn't get finely tuned until the exhibition games start. Don't tell that to Matt Holliday, though, as he was consistent in making good contact throughout the day. He sprayed the ball all over the field and looks like he's ready to go.
The vibe around camp is that everyone is ready for Grapefruit League to begin. Well, everyone but Tony La Russa is saying that. The Cardinals skipper says there's still a lot of things for the team to work on before games start.
- A couple of the opposing starting pitchers have been announced for the first few games this weekend. Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets will start on Thursday. Marlins ace Josh Johnson will start against the Cardinals on Saturday. Friday's starter for the Mets is still an unknown.
Countdown to Grapefruit League: 3 days
Next Game: 3/3/10 at Port St. Lucie vs. The New York Mets