The Cardinals continued their winning ways today, riding a brilliant performance from pitcher Anthony Reyes to 3-0 victory over the Washington Nationals. St. Louis is unbeaten in their last eight games. Here’s today’s box score.
Coming in to today’s game, Reyes was the odd man out of the Cardinals’ patchwork rotation, having been beaten out by swing men Todd Wellemeyer and Brad Thompson. Although the win may not have changed look of the starting five, Reyes’ outing did turn some heads. Entering the sixth inning, Reyes faced only one over the minimum. He finished the inning, and left the game with an impressive line: 0 runs on 3 hits, 2 strikeouts, and a walk in 6 IP. Easily his best performance of the spring.
What’s next for Reyes? Pitching coach Dave Duncan says that decisions on the rotation will be made in the next two days. Anthony did everything he could to keep his name in the hat, but we’ll just have to wait and see. It’s apparent that he won’t be a part of the bullpen, so if short of earning a spot in the rotation, it’s Memphis or another team. The Post Dispatch has more.
In other Cardinal news, seven players were put on the 15-day DL today. No surprise there. Derrick Goold has the scoop. Also, don’t forget to check out the last installment of the United Cardinal Bloggers round table discussion. Find it over at C70 at the Bat.
Finally, the 2008 regular season is underway. Boston and Oakland played the first game of the year in Tokyo, Japan. Game time here was 6am (5 central). Oh you missed it? Why? What a stupid way to kick off a new season of America’s pastime. Apparently it was a great game, with the Red Sox winning it in 10 innings. Too bad nobody was watching.