Spring Training Notes

First of all, the Ian Snell project is over.  Snell retired today at the age of 29 when he was notified that he would be sent to Triple-A Memphis to start the year.  All I can say about that is that I had hoped to see Dave Duncan have the opportunity to turn Snell around after a few months at Memphis, but if he’s retiring, you have to wonder how much his heart is really into the game right now.  I would think most players that were that close would try and do everything in their power to make it back to the bigs.  So it looks as if we can close the book on Ian Snell being a possibility.  I’m sure Lance Lynn doesn’t mind.

On the mound today, Kyle McClellan pitched another gem.  In 5 innings of work, McClellan allowed just 1 hit, 2 walks and struck out 5.  It appeared his spot was secure as the 5th starter no matter what according to Bernie Miklasz, but it’s looking like he’s earning it anyway.  As I’ve said before, I don’t ever want to get too high or too low on spring training performances, but when a pitcher is going well early, there’s a bit of confidence there. 

Kyle Lohse lowered his ERA to 1.38 after a brilliant outing yesterday.  In 6 innings, Lohse also allowed only one hit to the Braves.  The only thing that is cause for concern there is that Lohse had only 2 ground ball outs and 9 fly ball outs.  I’m sure Dave Duncan wants Lohse to get as much confidence as possible right now, so I’m guessing he didn’t give Lohse too much of a beat down after the game because of the way he got the outs.

It’s also nice to see Matt Carpenter doing well at the plate.  After going 0 for 4 today, Carpenter is still batting .382.  It would seem impossible for Carpenter to make the opening day roster, as he’s not even on the 40 man roster, but it’s nice to see he’s getting some extra playing time and the Cardinals are giving him a look.  Who knows what will happen with David Freese?  With Nick Punto out for the first few months, I could see a scenario where Carpenter gets the call if Freese goes down early.

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