May 8: Cardinals (18-11) @ D-backs (14-16)
What set up as a potential pitchers’ duel last night turned into a slugfest in which the Cardinals scored nine times with the help of five home runs. The five homers were the most in a game by an NL team this season. The last time St. Louis hit more in a game was back on July 15, 2007, against the Phillies.
I’ll admit I didn’t devote an undivided attention to the game last night, as I was working on this piece for MLB.com. Still, I wasn’t too occupied to be impressed by another scoreless appearance from Victor Marte. It may have seemed like a footnote given the home run barrage, J.C. Romero’s meltdown and Lance Lynn’s sixth win… but what Marte did to stabilize the game in the seventh should not have been entirely lost.
To ensure that it won’t be, there will be more on Marte in tonight’s Cardinals.com notebook.
Also, manager Mike Matheny divulged that, before Romero crumbled in the sixth, the plan was to go to Kyle McClellan to pitch the seventh. McClellan hasn’t pitched on this road trip, and Matheny knew the righty needed some work. But when the Cardinals’ lead shrunk to one (and then was padded to three), Matheny turned not to McClellan, but to Marte.
Not sure if that speaks more to the club’s faith in Marte or feelings about McClellan.
Given the number of people who have asked, I think it’s also worth clarifying one last time that Lynn does not have rookie eligibility. Apparently this has been an argued topic among some fans.
From the Major League handbook: A player shall be considered a rookie unless, during a previous season or seasons, he has (a) exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues; or (b) accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club or clubs during the period of 25-player limit (excluding time in the military service and time on the disabled list).
Though Lynn threw only 34 2/3 regular-season innings, he does hit the (b) portion of that rule. Not counting his time on the disabled list, Lynn was on the Cardinals’ roster from June 2-10 and again from June 22 – August 10. Altogether, that exceeds 45 days.
Let that end any lingering confusion.
- Jon Jay (CF)
- Carlos Beltran (RF)
- Matt Holliday (LF)
- Allen Craig (1B)
- David Freese (3B)
- Yadier Molina (C)
- Skip Schumaker (2B)
- Daniel Descalso (SS)
- Jake Westbrook (RHP)
- Gerardo Parra (CF)
- Aaron Hill (2B)
- Justin Upton (RF)
- Miguel Montero (C)
- Paul Goldschmidt (1B)
- Jason Kubel (LF)
- Cody Ransom (3B)
- John McDonald (SS)
- Ian Kennedy (RHP)
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