Cards News and Notes: McClellan, Mather headline in first victory


After losing three straight to start the spring, the Cards got in the win column today. In a home game against the Marlins, St. Louis got good pitching from Kyle McClellan and Rich Hill and clutch hitting from Joe Mather to win 7-4.

It was nice for the Cards to get a win as the team continues to work towards opening day. The best news of the day may have been the performance from the frontrunners for the fifth spot in the rotation. While they are competing for the job, McClellan and Hill joined forces for the win. McClellan was most impressive. In three innings, he struck out four, walked none, and allowed just one hit. He has been solid in the spring thus far, and is making a strong case for the final rotation spot. If McClellan or Hill have a good year in that role, the Cardinals will be tougher than ever — and may boast the best rotation in baseball from top to bottom. Both are working to get better to help the team in whatever role they are needed.

At the plate, Mather was the hero. He smacked a 3-RBI double in the fourth to put the Cards on cruise control. Yadier Molina also had a solid performance, singling twice.

Breathe easy St. Louis, the Cardinals are on the board. The supporting cast is coming together and you can feel the summer heat trying to break free.

-In other news, the Cards made its first cuts of the spring. Those players will head to Minor League camp to get more reps and continue development. Charlie Zink, Sam Freeman, and Tyler Henley were among the 10 players to make the move to the minors.