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Mixed review for Cardinals in 2 split squad games

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JUPITER, FL - MARCH 12:  Carlos Beltran #3 of the St. Louis Cardinals bats against the Atlanta Braves at Roger Dean Stadium on March 12, 2012 in Jupiter, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images) By Marc Serota JUPITER, FL - MARCH 12: Carlos Beltran #3 of the St. Louis Cardinals bats against the Atlanta Braves at Roger Dean Stadium on March 12, 2012 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images) By Marc Serota

The Cards split the two games they play today in split squad action.  They beat the Braves 5-4 in Jupiter and fall to the Nationals 8-4 in Viera.  As I attended the game at Roger Dean Stadium, here are the story lines from that one:

- Jaime Garcia was not very sharp.  He went just two innings (when he was supposed to go 3 as this is his second start) and gave up a run on 3 hits.  Garcia also walked 2 guys.  Afterwards he was very vague on the performance.  All he said was “I got my work in” and left it at that.  But pitching coach Derek Lilliquist was a little more forthcoming when it came to that.  He said Garcia was not nearly as sharp today as he was in his first start (when Jaime went 2 perfect innings while striking out 4) and also said he simply got his work in.  Well, whenever people on the team are using the “I got my work in” line...you know things weren’t good.  You’re always getting your work in.  Whether it’s good, bad or otherwise.  But if that’s your description of your day...it’s obviously not a good one. 

- Carlos Beltran came back from an illness and general soreness to come through with a couple hits in 4 at-bats.  Talking to Beltran afterwards he says the game is too fast for him right now.  You know you’re a pretty seasoned veteran when you can say to a reporter on the record that things are going too fast for you.  Beltran says he doesn’t care about results right now.  He could go hitless everyday and as long as he’s feeling good at the plate he’s okay.  He says when it gets down to the last 10 games of spring training those are the ones you treat like the regular season.  And that’s when you begin to care about the results.  But until then? He’s not worried.  Especially that the game feels to fast for him.

- Bryan Anderson started behind the plate and had 3 guys try to steal off of him...2 of whom were successful.  Anderson, in my opinion, does not look like he could handle being a big league catcher defensively.  He’s awfully slow in getting out of his stance trying to throw out runners.  His arm isn’t terribly strong and not accurate all the time.  His bat is terrific.  It always has been.  But historically the Cardinals choose their backup catcher based on defense and Anderson seems to be behind Tony Cruz in that category. 

- Kolten Wong came through with the walk-off hit in the 9th just days after being reassigned to minor league camp.  Wong was the Cardinals’ 1st round pick in 2011 and is not exactly the most physically imposing guy you’ll find.  But he’s got a nice little swing and projects as a nice fit for the Redbirds one day at 2nd base.  He’s got a vibrant personality, loves the game of baseball and just looks like the type of guy who the Cards want in their clubhouse.  It was great to see him come through with the game winning hit today.

The Cards split the two games they play today in split squad action.  They beat the Braves 5-4 in Jupiter and fall to the Nationals 8-4 in Viera.  As I attended the game at Roger Dean Stadium, here are the story lines from that one:

- Jaime Garcia was not very sharp.  He went just two innings (when he was supposed to go 3 as this is his second start) and gave up a run on 3 hits.  Garcia also walked 2 guys.  Afterwards he was very vague on the performance.  All he said was “I got my work in” and left it at that.  But pitching coach Derek Lilliquist was a little more forthcoming when it came to that.  He said Garcia was not nearly as sharp today as he was in his first start (when Jaime went 2 perfect innings while striking out 4) and also said he simply got his work in.  Well, whenever people on the team are using the “I got my work in” line...you know things weren’t good.  You’re always getting your work in.  Whether it’s good, bad or otherwise.  But if that’s your description of your day...it’s obviously not a good one. 

- Carlos Beltran came back from an illness and general soreness to come through with a couple hits in 4 at-bats.  Talking to Beltran afterwards he says the game is too fast for him right now.  You know you’re a pretty seasoned veteran when you can say to a reporter on the record that things are going too fast for you.  Beltran says he doesn’t care about results right now.  He could go hitless everyday and as long as he’s feeling good at the plate he’s okay.  He says when it gets down to the last 10 games of spring training those are the ones you treat like the regular season.  And that’s when you begin to care about the results.  But until then? He’s not worried.  Especially that the game feels to fast for him.

- Bryan Anderson started behind the plate and had 3 guys try to steal off of him...2 of whom were successful.  Anderson, in my opinion, does not look like he could handle being a big league catcher defensively.  He’s awfully slow in getting out of his stance trying to throw out runners.  His arm isn’t terribly strong and not accurate all the time.  His bat is terrific.  It always has been.  But historically the Cardinals choose their backup catcher based on defense and Anderson seems to be behind Tony Cruz in that category. 

- Kolten Wong came through with the walk-off hit in the 9th just days after being reassigned to minor league camp.  Wong was the Cardinals’ 1st round pick in 2011 and is not exactly the most physically imposing guy you’ll find.  But he’s got a nice little swing and projects as a nice fit for the Redbirds one day at 2nd base.  He’s got a vibrant personality, loves the game of baseball and just looks like the type of guy who the Cards want in their clubhouse.  It was great to see him come through with the game winning hit today.

 

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