The Fishes hook a big Carp
In Friday’s first inning, St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter looked like he was pitching batting practice to the Florida Marlins lineup. The first six hitters reached base before St. Louis’ ace recorded his first out. In the first inning alone, Carpenter threw 29 pitches. In total, he yielded seven earned runs on ten hits in four innings pitched. There is no injury, just a rough outing in which a lot of balls dropped in against the former Cy Young Award winner. On draft day, talk up Carpenter’s 10.00 spring ERA and then select him with confidence. He will be ready for opening day.
Leading off for the Marlins was Chris Coghlan. I came away most impressed as the second-year player went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. That raised his Grapefruit League average to .361.
Shaky Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin had a 1-2-3 seventh inning to lower his spring ERA to 7.11, but all three balls were hard hit. The identity of his set up man remains unclear as Mitchell Boggs and Blake Hawksworth have been inconsistent this spring.
In not-news, Albert Pujols hammered a mammoth home run to left field that took one bounce and appeared to exit Jupiter’s Roger Dean Stadium – not the field of play, the entire stadium.
An 0-for-4 day dropped Cardinals leadoff man Skip Schumaker’s spring average to .108.
St. Louis shortstop Brendan Ryan had five plate appearances against minor-league pitching in a scrimmage Friday and hopes to make his first spring appearance on Sunday or Monday. He is coming off February wrist surgery.