Carpenter had his best outing of the season going 4.2 innings and allowing only 2 hits. Tyler Johnson was not sharp, allowing four runs. Looks like some of the everyday players are getting healthy. Adam Kennedy was in the lineup over the weekend. Jim Edmonds took batting practice for the first time on Sunday but it looks like he might not be ready for opening day. Eckstein will be back in the lineup on Tuesday. Looks like LHP Troy Cate will get reassigned to minor league camp today.
Former Cardinal farmhand Daric Barton went 3-5 with a homer on Sunday. He is now 8-16 this spring. He was number 67 on the Baseball America Top 100 Prospects list. He was drafted as a catcher by the Cardinals but is now a firstbaseman in the Oakland organization. At least we got a pitcher that helped us down the stretch last year and brought us a World Championship and is ready this spring to contribute again. Right? Well not really as everyone knows Barton was one of the players that brought us Mark Mulder. I did not like the trade then and do not like it now, but I believe we have not seen a healthy Mark Mulder in St. Louis. I just thought I would have some fun with some of the Cardinal fans that still have nightmares about sending Danny Haren to Oakland.
Get over to Baseball America and checkout the prospect blog. Also, Chris Cline puts together a list of links for stories om some of the best prospects in baseball. The Cardinals’ Colby Rasmus in included. The link is from Stltoday and the story appeared a couple of days ago.
Southeast Missouri State got swept this weekend, losing three to Illinois State. The Redhawks will host Bethel College on Tuesday.
Mizzou extended its winning streak to 7 games with a double header sweep of Dallas Baptist on Saturday. The Tigers will return to Taylor Stadium on Wednesday to face Saint Louis at 6:30 p.m. in the first of five-straight days of home games. The Tigers are now 13-4.
Vanderbilt stayed undefeated, sweeping Illinois-Chicago over the weekend. All-American David Price was dominate again of Friday, pitching a complete game four hitter while striking out 16. The Commodores are now 18-0 on the season.