My third and final Spring Training game was Monday, Cards v. Astros at Jupiter. We got to the park 2 hours early again and watched some batting practice on the practice fields. Bill Parcells was there, chatting with Tony. Maybe we should hire him.
Saw some of the pitchers taking BP, and also Taguchi, Rasmus, and Duncan. Many Cards stopped to sign autographs, including Izzy who signed for all who gathered.
Our seats were in the field boxes just beyond 3rd base, so we had a great view of the action. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much action on the Cardinals’ side as they lost 5-0. On the positive side, Wainwright had a great start. He went 4 innings and gave up 2 walks but no hits. Unfortunately, things crumbled when the relievers came in, with Smith giving up 2 runs, and Kinney looking a mess and giving up 3 runs. I wasn’t surprised to hear today that he’s got an injury. I hope it’s not serious, and he can get back to his old form before too long. Something was definitely amiss with him in the 2 appearances I saw.
There aren’t many offensive highlights to report. Preston Wilson struck out twice, which caused much cheering from the drunk Astros fans in our section. Spiezio had 2 hits.
Duncan started off the game with 2 sliding/diving catches in left field that gave me hope for him, but then reality came crashing back in as he misshandled and dropped a much more playable fly ball a couple innings later.
My dad wasn’t feeling well so we cut our trip a bit short and skipped Tuesday’s game in Ft. Lauderdale. I wish we had stuck around for today’s home run derby at Dodgertown!
Supp is fierce, sticks with
Dontrelle. Dunc supplies power
Cards need in a pinch.
It’s nice and unexpected to see a series win against the Cubbies, however I’m still smarting over the game we let get away from us yesterday. I really disagree with Tony’s decision to pinch hit Encarnacion for Duncan with the bases loaded yesterday. I just think the chances of Encarnacion doing better than red hot Dunc were juan in million. Bernie has a very good analysis of the situation in today’s Post, and he sums it up better than I could, going over way more stats than Tony could have possibly crunched in the minute he had to make that decision. I know that Juan got a big home run today, but I just have not been impressed with him this season, and I don’t consider him Mr. Clutch. If Tony had let Chris hit, I think it would have been a big confidence boost for the already-confident rookie.
Preston Wilson seems to be filling the outfield gap well in his first two games. I think he will add an element of stability to the outfield as we head down the stretch. Belliard is also growing on me, even with his Gene Simmons tongue. These may not be Cardinals we recognize, but they might help us hang on to our division lead. I don’t disagree with the decison to send Reyes down – he was struggling lately and I think needs more time to mature, and it’s best not to have to try and do that during a pennant race. I don’t really expect to be wowed by Mulder’s return, and I’d like to see Edmonds get more rest. He makes me nervous when I see him out there now, since he admits he’s still logy. But he did pull off an awesome slide in yesterday’s game.
I’m psyched for the Mets. If we can make it in Queens, we can make it anywhere!
Pulling Dunc to pinch
hit Juan? Strike out. I’ll take gut
instinct over stats.
Dave Duncan’s pupils
shine: son Chris homers twice and
Supp’s on! Jeff’s cooking.
Duncan supplies power which
is still mostly out.