I didn’t expect the Cardinals would go undefeated so they at least got that out of the way. Opening Day wasn’t a good one for the Cardinals or their fans. Right out of the gate (remember it is only the first game) some of the concerns hit us.
Carlos Martinez has a million dollars worth of talent but many might say he has a….. uh, let’s just say he has trouble focusing and keep his head about him. The show of anger in the dugout wasn’t necessary. He needs to fight through the 5.84 ERA in the first inning of his career.
Positives are the things to focus upon here. Yadier Molina got the offense on the board with a two run homer after Jose Martinez got a hit up the middle. Jose bopped out three hits including a home run.
The Cardinal fans got a glimpse of Jordan Hicks and his fastball. While it was noteworthy, let’s temper our enthusiasm a bit since it was game 1 of 162. The takeaway from this contest was Noah Syndergaard is a fantastic pitcher and will be hard to beat by anyone.
Now we face Jacob deGrom and he is a handful, too. The Mets have a fantastic pitching staff and we get to face them instead of the Marlins. It all evens out when it comes to facing every team (for the most part).
So in summary for me, I am not worried but a tad concerned that our starting pitching has to be good for the Cardinals to have a chance. It has to begin with Carlos Martinez. If he can’t get the job done, then the Cardinals are in deeper trouble than I thought.
Saturday’s game finds Michael Wacha on the mound to face the Mets. He took the #2 spot after Adam Wainwright ended on the disable list. Wacha is 4-1 lifetime facing the Mets and appears to like Citi Field with a 3-1 lifetime record. This will be his 40th career start in the major leagues.
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AAA-Memphis Redbirds will begin play on the road April 5 at Round Rock for a 5-game series then head home for the Opener April 10th facing Omaha. Manager Stubby Clapp will have a very solid starting rotation to begin the season.
AA-Springfield Redbirds start their season at Midland on April 5th then head to Frisco for 3 games before heading home. April 12th is the home opener facing the same two teams for manager Johnny Rodriguez.
High-A Palm Beach is managed by Dann Bilardello and starts the season with a 11 game homestand. The first series is 4 games with Jpiter, floowed by 4 games taking on Dundein, then closing out the time at home with 3 games facing the Florida Fire Frogs.
Low-A Peoria Chiefs start on the road for two games April 5-6 then come home to Dozer Park on April 7th to begin a 9 games homestand for manager Chris Swauger.
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