Cardinals 1, Marlins 0

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The Cardinals pitched their second shutout of the spring on Thursday, though that news was obviously trumped by this. When you read the story about Adam Wainwright’s record-setting deal for the franchise, also take a few minutes to watch the accompanying clip from today’s press conference. You’ll get a glimpse of the emotion that he showed throughout his speech. Wainwright exuded obvious gratitude and a clear sense of responsibility in taking the torch as the rotation’s long-term leader.

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MLB.com’s season preview content continues to roll out, with today’s focus being the season preview story. You can read that story here. There was no more fitting theme going into the season than the one surrounding adversity. And through surveying the clubhouse, it was clear that this team is ready to embrace the challenge yet again.

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Lance Lynn was good today. Really good. He was really efficient, too, needing only 78 pitches to pitch six scoreless innings. It was a strong note to leave spring on, and as you can read in today’s cardinals.com notebook, Lynn attributes his steady improvement this spring to a few daily drills he’s begun to do on the side.  Lynn will pitch next on Wednesday, which is the Cardinals’ third game of the season.

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The Cardinals won’t make their final cuts until after Friday’s game, as they need extra players for the trip to Port St. Lucie since manager Mike Matheny doesn’t want his starters playing the full game. That said, the roster, as has been noted on this blog several times already, is set, barring injury. With Carlos Beltran having shown this week that he is able to play through toe pain, you can expect your Opening Day roster to look like this:

STARTING PITCHERS: Adam Wainwright, Jaime Garcia, Lance Lynn, Jake Westbrook, Shelby Miller

RELIEF PITCHERS: Mitchell Boggs, Trevor Rosenthal, Edward Mujica, Randy Choate, Fernando Salas, Joe Kelly, Marc Rzepczynski

CATCHERS: Yadier Molina, Tony Cruz

INFIELDERS: Allen Craig, Matt Adams, Daniel Descalso, Pete Kozma, Ryan Jackson, Matt Carpenter, Ty Wigginton

OUTFIELDERS: Carlos Beltran, Jon Jay, Matt Holliday, Shane Robinson

DISABLED LIST: Chris Carpenter, Rafael Furcal, David Freese, Jason Motte

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Though he’ll begin the season on the DL, Motte will be traveling west with the club. Freese, though, will stay behind to get at-bats in extended Spring Training games. He said he plans to resume swinging tomorrow and did some weight lifting today.

Also staying behind will be Miller, who is scheduled to pitch in a Triple-A game on Saturday. That will be Miller’s last bit of work before he makes his regular-season debut. Afterward, the Cardinals will decide whether Miller’s first start will come on the road trip or during the following homestand.

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In order, Mujica, Rosenthal and Boggs followed Lynn in today’s game — remember that sequence, as it is one that Matheny is likely to try out for as long as Motte is sidelined. Boggs has already been told to prepare to be the team’s closer; Mujica and Rosenthal certainly fit the mold as effective set-up men in front of Boggs.

On Thursday, the three combined to allow just one baserunner.

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4 Comments

Sounds like WE ,the STL Cardinals and ME, are ready for the season to transform into another beautiful gem of a season and do it honoring #6. 12 in ’13?

Musial was the perfect Cardinal.

Could be a long season. Several personnel mistakes. Letting Lohse walk and keeping Westbrook. Keeping Wiggington and releasing Cedeno. Wiggington a 5 year deal, Choat a 3 year deal and only offering Lohse 1 year. Having a manager, a hitting coach and a pitching coach so inexperienced they all are learning their jobs on the fly. Just don’t get it. No better than third this year and might even drop to fourth behind the Pirates.

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