The St. Louis Cardinals have yet to elect a 5th starter at this point in Spring Training. We can make all the jokes we want about a conclave in Jupiter or white or black smoke but those are the facts.
The final rotation slot will go to either Joe Kelly or Shelby Miller, both of whom were selected in the 2009 draft. Both will be pitching on Thursday. Kelly will start against the Braves while Miller relieves him. This game will be aired on Fox Sports Midwest for those interested in watching.
Lance Lynn took the pen yesterday against the New York Yankees. Lynn pitched fine but unfortunately the offense did not do their part to help him or the other relievers that pitched. The Yankees won the battle 4-0.
Following the game against the Yankees, the Cardinals optioned Jorge Rondon to Memphis. Rondon is on the club’s 40-man roster.
Jake Westbrook took the mound today as the Cardinals visited the Atlanta Braves complex in Disney World. Westbrook lasted 4 innings after giving up 2 runs. It is nice to see 2012 draft pick Stephen Piscotty get some time playing right field today. Tyler Lyons came in for relief and was spotted for 2 runs, not helped by a fielding error from Oscar Taveras.
Wednesday is an off day and the Cardinals take on the Braves again this Thursday. The off day is probably a good thing for the Cardinals to try and wake up the offense, which has been silent lately.
Not including today’s action, Shane Robinson is leading the club this spring with a .500 batting average, 3 home runs, and 11 RBI.
Centerfielder Jon Jay talks hitting and what he would like to do. Last season, Jay hit .384 at Busch Stadium, which is the highest home-stadium batting average for anyone in the majors with 250 plate appearances. That’s very impressive for the young outfielder.