St. Louis Cardinals: At the end of the day, Spring Training does not matter

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 21: Carlos Martinez
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 21: Carlos Martinez /

The St. Louis Cardinals are in full swing at Spring Training and so are fan reactions.

Spring Training is a time for experimenting. It’s a time for finding out what you might have in the young guys and of course getting the veterans loose and ready for the brutal season ahead. What’s not to remembered is the win-loss record column in Spring Training. While the St. Louis Cardinals currently sit at 2-3 with a couple real stinkers, in the long run it just doesn’t matter.

Spring Training outcomes and performances are not indicative of what you will see come June or July or even April for that matter.   The Cardinals could go under .500 over the course of the spring and become a playoff team. Spring Training results are not a correlation to regular season performance.

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Last spring the Cardinals went 20-8 and missed the playoffs. There was obvious excitement based on the record, but realize the level of competition you are playing, especially early on. MLB starters are not playing full games. MLB backups aren’t even playing full games. These guys are just getting back to live action and aren’t going to push hard.

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If Spring Training stats were truly indicative of what was to come in the regular season Brock Stassi would have been the Phillies most important player.

During the 2017 Spring Training, Stassi hit .333, had six home runs and 17 RBI. He stuck with the Phillies for 51 games and made his way back to the minors.

If you are worried about Carlos Martinez walking five guys, don’t. If you are worried about Marcell Ozuna having one hit, don’t. It’s not even March yet.

Ozuna is going to be a cornerstone of this offense and Carlos Martinez will settle in as the team’s ace. It isn’t realistic to expect these guys to be putting up regular season numbers two weeks into spring.

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If you see these problems come May or June, worry. Until then, just enjoy that baseball is back and were less than a month from opening day.