Thoughts On The St. Louis Cardinals After Two Games
Thought I’d briefly take a look at our first two games of the season, which were against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Adam Wainwright: So far, so good. He threw six innings, gave up five hits while recording six strikeouts and walking none in the first game of the season. He did give up a few doubles, but he stranded any runners that were on base, coming through in the clutch. The bullpen followed and maintained the shutout. I was surprised to see Carlos Martinez out there, as he’s our new fifth starter starter, but it was only one inning.
Our new #2 hitter, Jason Heyward, had three hits, including two doubles. It was great to see him get off to a good start, and I hope it’s a sign of things to come. I really think he’ll re-sign with us and be a positive presence for us on offense, defense and in the clubhouse for years to come. You can’t ask for more than that.
Matt Holliday drove in two runs. Heyward’s signing was the big story of the off-season, which probably caused Holliday to be overlooked. He shouldn’t be, as his contract, which many were skeptical of at the time, has been worth it. the man has been a steady presence for us ever since we got him, and I hope he retires a Cardinal.
It was a little jarring to see Jason Motte on another team, but I’m glad he found another job. Motte’s a great guy, and he deserves the chance to play the game of baseball as long as he wants.
Game two didn’t go as well as we lost 2-0 even though Lance Lynn gave up two hits, allowed only one earned run and stuck out nine why? Because Jake Arrieta was better. Arrieta only allowed three hits himself and struck out seven while allowing no runs. Their bullpen finished things off, with Hector Rondon earning his first save.
Both of these games were low scoring games, which makes me wonder, was it the pitching or the offenses. Obviously the starters used, the number one and two starters for both teams, are quality pitchers. But given St. Louis’ struggles on offense last year and Chicago’s youth, I’d say it’s certainly something to keep an eye on.
As always, thanks for reading.