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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Cardinals Home Opener

St Louis Cardinals

Cardinals Home Opener

=================== ST. LOUIS CARDINALS =================== INSIDE PITCH Cardinals’ Matheny making use of extra time    CHICAGO — Although he would prefer to get into the rhythm of a season, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will not be complaining about a couple of days off this week. “We need to play, there’s no question,” Matheny […]

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ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
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INSIDE PITCH
Cardinals’ Matheny making use of extra time
   CHICAGO — Although he would prefer to get into the rhythm of a season, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will not be complaining about a couple of days off this week.
“We need to play, there’s no question,” Matheny said prior to Wednesday’s series finale against the Cubs. “I think you just expect you can get just about anything (weather-wise) this time of year in this part of the country and even back home.”
The Cardinals opened the season with Sunday’s 3-0 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field, had a scheduled off day on Monday and then got a bonus when Tuesday’s scheduled second game of the series was called due to poor weather conditions.
“You like to maybe see them (off days) spread out so you don’t have 17-to-20-game stretches, but that’s part of the demand of this game, the grind and the everyday nature of it,” Matheny said.
“But right now we’ll take advantage of the days that we got and hopefully the guys are getting the rest they need after pushing them pretty hard through spring training.”
Wednesday’s series finale featured cool, cloudy conditions. Heavy morning fog blanketing Chicago’s lakefront area — including Wrigley Field — but it lifted by noon and there was a lengthy window to play before fog rolled back in after the game.
Following a 2-0 loss to Chicago on Wednesday, St. Louis will open a three-game series in Cincinnati on Friday. The Cardinals have 29 games over the next 31 days, including a home season opener on April 13 against Milwaukee.
NOTES, QUOTES
RECORD: 1-1
STREAK: Lost one
NEXT: Cardinals (RHP John Lackey, 14-10, 3.82 ERA in 2014) at Reds (RHP Jason Marquis did not play in 2014)
PLAYER NOTES:
–RHP Lance Lynn (0-1) had one difficult inning in an otherwise impressive day. He allowed up two runs (one earned) on two hits, struck out nine and walked one. Both runs came in the seventh inning. “When it’s all said and done, it’s a loss, so I’ve got to pitch better,” he said.  “A hit batter, an error and then a bad pitch cost me the game. That’s baseball and you have to make better pitches and do the things you need to do in that situation.” Lynn also collected his 12th career hit with a third-inning single.
–LF Matt Holliday went 1-for-4 with a third-inning single and has now hit safely in six of his last seven games against Chicago. Holliday had two RBIs in Sunday’s 3-0 season-opening win over the Cubs, including his 88th game-winning RBI to move him into third on the team’s career list.
–SS Jhonny Peralta was 1-for-4 with a double in the sixth. He has hit safely in five straight games dating back to 2014. His 21 home runs last season set a Cardinals franchise record for home runs by a shortstop, and he was the first at that position to lead the team in homers since 1899.
–RHP John Lackey (14-10, 3.82 ERA in 2014) makes his 2014 debut Friday in his 356th career game. He needs 10 strikeouts to reach 1,800 for his career. Lackey makes his third career appearance at Great American Ball Park where he is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA in two prior starts.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “I thought (Lance Lynn) was great. He had a real good sinker and was using his cutter, his slider and taking a little bit off with the change. He made real good pitches when he had to. He got in trouble in one inning and then obviously in the seventh he came back and it hurt.” — Manager Mike Matheny, on Lance Lynn’s out in Wednesday’s 2-0 loss to the Cubs.
ROSTER REPORT
MEDICAL WATCH:
–LHP Jaime Garcia (left shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He played catch April 1, and he is expected to pitch in extended spring training in early April.
–OF Tommy Pham (left quad strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He might be able to return in mid-April.
ROTATION:
RHP Adam Wainwright
RHP Lance Lynn
RHP John Lackey
RHP Michael Wacha
RHP Carlos Martinez
BULLPEN:
RHP Trevor Rosenthal (closer)
RHP Jordan Walden
LHP Kevin Siegrist
LHP Randy Choate
RHP Seth Maness
RHP Matt Belisle
RHP Carlos Villanueva
CATCHERS:
Yadier Molina
Tony Cruz
INFIELDERS:
1B Matt Adams
2B Kolten Wong
SS Jhonny Peralta
3B Matt Carpenter
INF Mark Reynolds
INF Pete Kozma
OUTFIELDERS:
LF Matt Holliday
CF Jon Jay
RF Jason Heyward
OF Peter Bourjos
OF Randal Grichuk

 

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