Mar. 19, 2017
Wainwright's Not Worried ~ Just One Of Those Days. Elsewhere in the MLB, The AL Yanks No-Hitter
St. Louis Cardinals hosted by the New York Mets on Friday. Adam Wainwright planning to be yet another Cardinals starter to go five innings in his start. Well, best laid plans did not develop for him. But, from all reported, Wainwright is not worried; and, neither is catcher Eric Fryer. Since Cardinals Yadier Molina is away at the WBC, back-up catcher Fryer, getting extended playing time this Spring, had the rare appearance as backstop for him. Nothing was working. Wainwright was retired after 1.2 IP, 1 HR/10 ER/4-BB and not one strikeout. Mets put up a six run inning in Wainwright's second. Mets Wilmer Flores, double the Mets score in the first with his 2 RBI double. Then in the second, Flores was responsible for four of the six runs allowed with a Grand Slam on Wainwright's watch.
Cardinals prospect Luke Weaver followed in the second. He went 1.1 IP/4 ER/4-BB with no strikeouts. After the third inning, 120 combined pitches later, the Mets held a healthy 14-0 lead. Even though Wainwright contends "it's just one of those days", the question of which Cardinals starter will receive the honor for Opening Day, April 2? Will it be Wainwright because it is Wainwright? Or, will the Cardinals recognize that starter Carlos Martinez has earned the honor as Cardinals new "Ace" and be on the hill for the Sunday Night Baseball game hosting the Chicago Cubs. Wainwright has been a force for the Cardinals. However, in my opinion, regardless, and knowing, Wainwright can do better. The time has come for a "reality check".
The good news for the Cardinals in yesterday's brutal rout - they didn't get blanked. Eric Fryer worked his bat for a RBI single in the second to cut the lead down to three. Prospect Jose Adolis Garcia added a RBI on a sac-fly in the eighth. That was his first RBI and first as a Cardinals. However, Mets 17 hits for 16 runs pretty much shut the Cardinals down.
ELSEWHERE IN THE MLB ~ AMERICAN LEAGUE
A first this Spring a no-hitter recorded. The American League New York Yankees (16-5) hosted by the Detroit Tigers (7-13). Not just Yankees starter Mashiro Tanaka, but all three of the Yankee hurlers allowed no hits, no runs, issued only two walks and totaled nine strikeouts for their "combined" no hitter. Tanaka fanned six in his 4.1 IP. This Spring, he is 2-0/0.00 ERA and holds a 0.38 WHIP. The Tigers were blanked in their match-up yesterday, 3-0, by very strong and collective pitching. Such a feat must be recognized.
AND, Cardinals fans, former Cardinals LF Matt Holliday, now DH for the Yankees. He was 1-3 AB/1 Run; and, yes, he is holding a .323 BA this Spring. He's had 3 HR/7 RBI on 10 hits of 31 PA. Just sayin'.
TWO CARDINALS SENT DOWN TO THE MINORS
Per Jenifer Langosch, Twitter:
#STLCards Luke Weaver, Mitch Harris have been sent down to minor league camp.— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) March 18, 2017
In my opinion, this is best for Weaver. He was brought up last season to start with only one start with the Memphis Triple-A league. A time when the Cardinals were working towards a post-season berth. A lot of pressure for a young pitcher, I feel. Now, he can work to build his confidence back up and refine his pitching control and concentration. Not surprised Harris was sent down. However, good to see him back on the mound after his elbow surgery last season. They will both benefit from this move.
TODAY'S GAME ~ CARDINALS HOSTING THE METS ~
Game time ~ High Noon on Fox Sports Midwest