Sunday tidbits and lineup: Packing up

Greetings from my last day at camp. I’m northbound tomorrow, and the team will be out the day after that. They’re packing up the second truck, and it’s hitting the highway within the next hour or so. We’re definitely reaching the end.

* Speaking of the end, the weather is looking quite dicey for Tuesday’s game in Springfield. As a result, TLR sounded today very much like he expects Jaime Garcia to make his start that day in Jupiter against the Marlins, instead of at Hammons Field. As for other contingency plans, they’re yet to be made. But be sure, that’s one of the main items on the club’s agenda right now.

* With Miguel Batista on the team, the Cardinals are basically down to one roster question: Bryan Augenstein, Fernando Salas and Eduardo Sanchez for the last bullpen spot. TLR acknowledged that while part of the consideration is taking the best pitcher, another element will be the role that pitcher can fill. I.e., Augenstein, as a long man, has at least something of an advantage.

* TLR indicated that cuts could be made today.

* The manager said that he doesn’t expect anything too funky in his Opening Day lineup — that means Ryan Theriot leading off, Skip Schumaker somewhere down around 6th or 7th and likely Colby Rasmus batting second.

* Here’s the lineup for this afternoon against the Mets:

1. Rasmus CF (yep, that’s correct)
2. Craig RF
3. Pujols 1B
4. Holliday LF
5. Freese 3B
6. Laird C
7. Descalso 2B
8. Greene SS
9. McClellan P
And, finally, the playlist:

The Rolling Stones, “The Last Time”
Daft Punk, “One More Time”
U2, “Last Night On Earth”
Toy Matinee, “Last Plane Out”
Jeff Buckley, “Last Goodbye”



I was fortunate enough to see Matt Carpenter play this Spring in Florida. Since he is built like a SS, is there any chance the Cards, give him some time there, with the idea he could spell Theriot occasionally?

At 6’3, 200, I don’t see him as built like a shortstop, and the club doesn’t either. He’s a decent 3B, but not such a slick-fielding 3B that you think of moving him to a more difficult position. If you move Carpenter off of 3B, it’ll be to 1B or the outfield, not to the middle infield.


It is reported that one scout opined that everything Freeze can do Carpenter can do better. I wasn’t suggesting that the Cards’ brain trust move him permanently, but since he had such a good Spring, and was voted the Minor League Player of the Year, I was suggesting a little time at SS might be a positive thing for both him and the Cards. It had been reported that he was an excellent defender, which instigated my thought process after I saw him this Spring. Perhaps, he isn’t capable of handling SS, few are, but he sure “looks” like prototype, lanky, rangy, Ripkenesque to me.

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