Buy recommendation on Colby Rasmus
With Jerry Seinfield among those looking on, St. Louis Cardinals centerfielder Colby Rasmus hit his third home run of the spring, a line drive into the wind out to right field off the Mets’ John Maine on Saturday in Jupiter, Florida. Though he won’t continue to bat cleanup when Matt Holliday returns, Rasmus could be put in a run-producing spot in the lineup, rather than the second spot as in 2009. A side benefit would be an increased steal count as well, if the 23-year-old is no longer hitting in front of Albert Pujols. Breakout alert.
Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan made his first game appearance of 2010 and had a single, double and a stolen base. Whether batting eighth or second in Tony La Russa’s lineup this season, Ryan will be undervalued in drafts this spring. He is capable of a stealth count of ten steals this year and improved results at the plate. Ryan seems to be taking new hitting coach Mark McGwire’s tutelage especially well.
It must be the Mets that bring out the curveball of Adam Wainwright. Though Carlos Beltran is obviously not playing, Waino had his way with a second-tier Mets lineup. The righty scattered just three hits and no walks in five innings. He fanned six and looks to be ready for the season.
In his four innings, Maine allowed four hits, but just the two runs on Rasmus' shot. Maine struck out one and walked no one. In the process, he dropped his spring ERA to 11.57. Do you need to know more?
K-Rod made just his third spring appearance as he yielded a two-run double to rookie outfielder Allen Craig.
Recent comments from the Mets front office made it clear that their 2009 Minor League Player of the Year Ike Davis will start the season in the minors, but the first baseman was a hero on Saturday. He arched a pinch-hit game-tying two-run home run in the top of the ninth just over the wall in left-center off Jason Motte. Davis remains behind Daniel Murphy and Mike Jacobs in the Mets' first base competition. Motte hardly made a statement that he is ready to be Ryan Franklin's set up man a year after opening the season as the team's closer.
The wild 6-5 game ended in the bottom of the ninth as former Met Ruben Gotay hit a 3-2 slider off the former Cardinal reliever Kiko Calero over the centerfield fence. Gotay seems destined to serve as a Triple-A reserve while Calero may be showing the mileage on his elbow after years of throwing sliders.