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Spring Training Report: Eyes on McClellan

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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia throws a pitch in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals Friday, March 18, 2011 in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman) By David Goldman St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia throws a pitch in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals Friday, March 18, 2011 in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman) By David Goldman
Washington Nationals' Adam LaRoche, right, singles off a pitch by St. Louis Cardinals' Blake King (66) in the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game Friday, March 18, 2011 in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman) By David Goldman Washington Nationals' Adam LaRoche, right, singles off a pitch by St. Louis Cardinals' Blake King (66) in the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game Friday, March 18, 2011 in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman) By David Goldman

(KMOV)-- KMOV.com's Brian Feldman is in Jupiter, Florida covering the Cardinals and is posting regular updates from spring training.

 

Mar. 20, 3:37 p.m. - Another shutout inning for Augenstein. Now has a 1.13 ERA. Tony says if you're still pitching at one o'clock you have a chance to make the team.

Mar. 20, 3:31 p.m. - Tony says still no decision on McClellan. They'll have a meeting about it soon. Issue is more about replacing him in the bullpen than anything else.

Mar. 20, 2:30 p.m. - Nothing, obviously, is official yet...but Kyle says he plans on being a starter until he's told otherwise.

Mar. 20, 2:29 p.m. - Talked to Kyle McClellan. Said he was indeed NOT sharp. Didn't have his signature breaking ball and walking 3 is "unacceptable". But you still have to battle even when you don't have your stuff. And he most certainly did that.

Mar. 20, 2:02 p.m. - Trever Miller replaces Kyle McClellan. Wonder if that was going to happen anyway or if that is a product of waiting for TEN runs to score?

Mar. 20, 1:54 p.m. - Albert clears the bases with a double. Holliday then hits another
double to score him. That's TEN runs in the 6th. After a pitchers duel
with Daisuke and McClellan. Not sure I've ever seen that before. Great
for this team's confidence. Need to see the ball fall in.

Mar. 20, 1:50 p.m. - ...annnnnnd Andrew Miller is done for the day. 5 runs at least to him.
That'll kill your ERA.

Mar. 20, 1:45 p.m. - Scratch that. 4-0 STL after the Greene walk. But 6-0 after Jon Jay's
single with the bases loaded. I can't keep up. Andrew Miller having a
terrible day for Boston.

Mar. 20, 1:43 p.m. - We have more offense. Freese RBI single, Molina RBI single and Tyler
Greene bases loaded walk makes it 5-0 Cards. I love Yadi's short
swing. He has come a long way in his time as a hitter. Short = Good
... Long = Bad
 

Mar. 20, 1:35 p.m. - Holliday blasts an RBI double to center to score Pujols. Other than
Albert himself I'm not sure there's a stronger person than Holliday.
He hits balls so so so hard its amazing. Just flat out jumps off his
bat.

Mar. 20, 1:23 p.m. - 5 shutout for McClellan...71 pitches. I think he'll go out for another
one. Has one more exhibition start and can get to 100 pitches then.
Needs around 80 or so today as a bridge to that.

Mar. 20, 1:16 p.m. - McClellan walks another. Even though he's throwing zeroes I bet he
won't be totally thrilled with himself.

Mar. 20, 1:14 p.m. - Freese single wasted in the 5th. At least David did something. Not
sure I've attended a game this year where he hasn't hit a ball hard.
Keep in mind he hasn't played in them all. But, still, been an
outstanding spring for a guy who hadn't played in a game since June.

Mar. 20, 1:05 p.m. - 5 pitch inning for McClellan in the 4th. 54 pitches so far...32
strikes. Don't forget this is against probably the best lineup in the
game.

Mar. 20, 1:01 p.m. - Through 4 innings...with the exception of one Rasmus at-bat...I don't
think the Cards have hit a single ball hard. Not one.

Mar. 20, 12:55 p.m. - Yes he can. 6-4-3 DP to end the inning. Man he's been on his game this
spring. Tony just name him the starter already!

Mar. 20, 12:51 p.m. - Kyle in trouble (2 on and 1 out) in the 3rd. Can he get out of it again??

Mar. 20, 12:49 p.m. - Greene K's against Daisuke in the 3rd. Still not even close to sold on
him as a big leaguer. The guy has all the physical talent in the world
but is yet to put it all together on the field. Strikes out too much.

Mar. 20, 12:43 p.m. - Cards finally get a hit off Daisuke...its a blooper to center by Jon
Jay. Not much on offense happening here in Fort Myers. On either side.

Mar. 20, 12:35 p.m. - McClellan walks his first...in the second inning. But erases it with a
3-6-1 DP. Seems to me he's making the most out of not the sharpest of
stuff.

Mar. 20, 12:26 p.m. - Even it went right to the right fielder Colby just flat out CRUSHED
one. He has been outstanding of late. I repeat. If he can do this a
little more consistently and cut down on his strikeouts he's an All
Star.

Mar. 20, 12:18 p.m. - McClellan gets off to fast start by K'ing up Jacoby Ellsbury. He's
missed badly on several pitches thus far but battled to get people
out. That's a great sign. 

Mar. 20, 11:59 a.m. - Tons of Cardinals fans today here in Fort Myers. And no I'm not
mistaking Red Sox red for Cardinals red. Lots of STL jerseys.

Mar. 20, 11:07 a.m. - If Kyle pitches well again today...you might just get an official
announcement from Tony. McClellan is already going to be the 5th
starter...but this could get an acknowledgment from the manager. This
is as good of a lineup as there is in baseball (Boston's).

Mar. 20, 11:05 a.m. - Great test for McClellan today. He gets the "A" lineup of the Red
Sox...Ellsbury, Pedroia, Crawford, Gonzalez, Youkilis, Ortiz, Drew,
Varitek and Scutaro

Mar. 20, 11:03 a.m. - Lineup for Cards: Jay 9...Craig DH...Pujols 3...Holliday 7...Rasmus
8...Freese 5...Molina 2...Descalso 4...Greene 6 (Kyle McClellan
pitching)

Mar. 20. 10:54 a.m. - Just arrived in Fort Myers for Cards/Red Sox. Beautiful day without a
single cloud in the sky. First pitch in a little over an hour.
 

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