This picture almost makes it not seem as cold outside (Picture from Stltoday). Spring training officially starts and the Redbirds are going to try and answer quite a few questions, most concerning their rotation. I love how Pujols, arguably the best player in baseball, reports early to camp. If you are an average/fringe big leaguer, or any player for that matter, how can you not want to put in that much more time and effort when you see one of the sport’s biggest stars already in Florida putting in his work. I don’t believe that because you are an athlete that also makes you a role model, but every kid should look at how he prepares himself. By the way, Sttoday has quite a few good pictures as well as video posted on their Cards page.
Jayson Stark’s lastest piece over at ESPN.com has some in Redbird Nation upset. He writes, “Has any defending World Series champ ever gone to camp with a prospective starting rotation that won 22 games (as starters) the year before? We can’t find one. Last year, starters not named Chris Carpenter won 41 games for this team. Can the Cardinals find that many wins this year in a cast that includes Anthony Reyes (five wins), Kip Wells (two wins) and a group that made a combined one start last season (Adam Wainwright, Braden Looper, Brad Thompson, and Ryan Franklin)? We know Mulder could be back in midseason. We know Tony La Russa and Dave Duncan always find a way. But with no real offensive upgrades, this is the shakiest any Cardinals team has looked in February in this millennium. ” This is the similiar to what I wrote a couple days ago. Those Cardinal fans that feel all is wonderful with the Cardinals have been drinking way to much of the Kool-Aid Bernie Miklasz sometimes talks about. Now I don’t believe the sky is falling, but come on, let’s be realistic. This rotation is shaky at best. Could everything come together? Sure, and I do believe there is a lot of talent to sort through. But as we all know, pitching wins Championships, we all just need to reflect back to this past October.
Poor old Kerry Wood and those lovable Cubs. Seems he fell at home getting out of the hot tub. Unbelievably, at this point and time there is no report of him hurting his arm during the fall. But this is Kerry Wood and the Cubs, so an arm injury from this incident has to appear at anytime.
The Southeast Redhawks (why is this still so hard to say?) open up the 2007 baseball season on the road this weekend against Jackson State. The Redhawks and Tigers will square off in a doubleheader on Saturday. They will wrap up the series on Sunday. All games will be on 1220 AM. The SIU Salukis baseball team travels to the Southern Mississippi Baseball Classic, matching up with the hosts on Friday. The Salukis then take on Northwestern State on Saturday and close out their trip with Louisville on Sunday.
Mizzou was handed their first loss of the season, losing 7-1 at 13th ranked Arizona State. First time starter Ian Berger was on the mound for the Tigers and faced the minimum through the first four innings before a three-run fifth inning for Arizona State. The Tigers and Sun Devils will face off again on Friday as both teams are in the Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise, Ariz this weekend. Mizzou will take on ASU on Friday, Gonzaga on Saturday and Oregon State on Sunday.