Feb 24, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium. Image Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

It's Split-Squad Friday for the St. Louis Cardinals


The St. Louis Cardinals were in action in both Jupiter and Port St. Lucie as two different squads are playing today.


Adam Wainwright, scheduled to start against the Minnesota Twins yesterday, pushed his first start back to today after yesterday’s rain-out. It took Waino 25 pitches to pitch two scoreless innings against the Miami Marlins. Lance Lynn, who pitched in relief, did not have a great outing today. Lynn allowed 6 hits and 5 runs–including a 3-run third inning. It took Lynn all of 53 pitches to get just four outs.

Keith Butler pitched more than two innings in the game at Roger Dean Stadium. He usually closed in the minors so it’s nice to see the Kentucky native getting a few innings of pitching in today.

Over in Port St. Lucie against the New York Mets, it was Carlos Martinez who took the start. Oscar Taveras also made his spring debut playing right field.

How did Martinez fare? He needed 44 pitches to get through 3 innings of work. The Mets were limited to just a hit and a walk.

Tim Cooney pitched in relief of Martinez.

Matt Holliday is tearing it up this spring. The veteran outfielder went 3 for 3 today before being taken out of the game. Holliday is hitting .889 this spring, going 8 for 9 at the plate.

In the game being played at Roger Dean Stadium, longtime baseball analyst Tim McCarver joined play by play broadcaster Dan McLaughlin for the first game in his long-rumor-but-finally-confirmed deal with Fox Sports Midwest. McCarver, last seen nationally on Fox Sports, will be a television analyst for 30 Cardinals games this season.

McCarver won’t be on television during the regular season until May 2, when the Cards play the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The longtime analyst is set to do 12 games at Busch Stadium and 18 games on the road. This is, in part, due to Mike Shannon reducing his workload.

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