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Heard an interesting stat on the telecast. Only three of Ozuna’s 37 homers last year were against LHP. That concerned me so I looked at his splits. Turns out his line against lefties was fine: .307/.385/.425/.810.
Game ends 3-3 and the spring record of both teams is 3-3-1.
Jose Martinez drove in Garcia with the tying run in the 8th. Pitching change with Sosa at third.
Two-run HR given up by Lyons put Twins up 3-2. Game now in 6th with Lucas pitching.
CC commented about this on some game thread, but I do not recall which one. Apparently the rule that at least four starters must be in the spring lineups does not take affect until the second week of games or maybe March 1. Not sure which, but it did not apply until today.
Today was supposed to be the day all teams travel with at least 4 regular players to spring training road games. #Indians did not do it. Only Gomes, Alonso and Encarnacion fit the bill. I do not consider Melvin Upton a regular as of now. Fans deserve more. #Indians lineup next.
— Bernie Pleskoff (@BerniePleskoff) March 1, 2018
Relievers scheduled today: Ryan Helsley, Tyler Lyons, Josh Lucas, Ryan Sherriff and Conner Greene.
Forgot to mention one other plus for Garcia – the only left-handed hitter off the bench.
Changes restrict how organizations can use revenue sharing money. Worth a read for those interested in this subject.
In news that is not news, all the regular season games will be on TV again.
Our 2018 TV & Radio Broadcast Schedule is out now! Catch every #STLCards game on @KMOXSports & 148 games on @FSMidwest & #FOXSportsGO. All other games will be nationally televised or carried on FSM. https://t.co/50ABcsbW1i
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) February 28, 2018
Another option that I had not considered is trading Greg Garcia. He would have some, though not high, value.
Mejia is no longer on the 40-man roster, which seriously hurts his chances.
Valera has never been outrighted before so would have to report to Memphis if he cleared waivers. But he could leave after the season.
Today’s closer Matt Bowman had a 1-2-3 9th inning, including two hard-hit balls to the OF and a K. Cards had a nice 10-9 comeback win to improve to 3-3 on the spring.
Agreed. The fact Munoz is already on the 40-man helps. Maybe not so good for Breyvic Valera, though.
Mendoza got in and out of trouble after two walks in the 8th. Heading into the 9th with a 10-9 Cards lead.
I don’t have a lot of first-hand input on Munoz’ defense, but if he could pick it like Alex Mejia, he might be good enough to start! 😉
If you have read what I have written about Munoz, you would not say that. I have also been around enough to know that veterans are not easily bumped off an MLB roster by a prospect with a hot first week of spring training.
P.S. I have already said multiple times that I expect this will be Garcia’s last year with St. Louis. He hits arbitration after this season and will get too expensive considering there look to be several replacement candidates, so he will be non-tendered. That is my prediction.
Only if you believe they would displace a 2+ year MLB veteran for a spring training phenom.
We had a long discussion about this on several other threads. The A’s have two top 100 nationally ranked shortstops, one at AAA and one at AA, that pushed Munoz into a utility role last year.
Yairo Munoz became UT w/ As last year because he was behind 2 nationally top 100-ranked SS prospects, 1 at AAA and 1 at AA – Franklin Barreto & Jorge Mateo. Likely also led to being available in Piscotty trade. Ranked #14 on our 2018 #stlcards list, right after Garcia/Arozarena.
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) February 28, 2018
As hot as he has been, Munoz would have to call Jeff Gillooly to make a visit to Greg Garcia to have a reasonable shot to make the team. 😉
An eight-run 7th inning as the Cards pecked their way back. Munoz tied the game with his 2nd HR of the inning, a two-run shot hit very deep to left. Munoz has 4 RBI on the day. 9-9 with Cards still batting.
Munoz doesn’t have a good-looking body, but continues to impress early with a solo HR to LF. .462 BA so far. Cards down 9-2 in the 7th.
Gant joins the gopherball derby, serving up a solo shot in the 6th. O’s up 9-1.
Very, very rough outing for Poncedeleon. Four more runs in on two homers. Gant relieves with no out, still in the fifth.