Wainwright 0-3, Cards 9-4

Adam Wainwright continued to struggle as the Cards went for the sweep against the Reds. It really is amazing when you think of the Cards hot start given that Wainwright is 0-3, Chris Carpenter hasn’t pitched a game, Lance Berkman has missed significant time, Allen Craig hasn’t played a game and Mike Matheny is a rookie manager. Now, Jon Jay might be heading to the DL with a shoulder issue from running into the CF wall.

Wainwright is having a hard time right now, but I don’t think there’s a fan out there that thinks he won’t turn it around. His velocity is down a bit, but his control just isn’t there with his cutter and change-up. One of the good things about Wainwright’s struggles is that his innings are kept down at the beginning of year, as the Cards don’t want him over 170 innings by season’s end.

Carlos Beltran continues to rake, as he hit his 5th HR in the 2nd game of the series against the Reds. Rafael Furcal seems to have put the ST behind him and is providing a lot of production as the leadoff hitter. Matt Holliday has hit 4 or 5 balls that would have been gone if it was warmer.

Skip Schumaker is joining the team in Pittsburgh tonight to replace Berkman on the 25 man roster. Matt Carpenter is expected to receive most of the starts for Berkman at first, and with Jay out, Skip will probably start in CF. This is going to be a significant time in M. Carpenter’s career, and will probably allow the Cards to make a decision on both Carpenter and Zack Cox. David Freese is blocking both of them at 3rd, but you want to have a capable backup because of his injury history.

Matt Adams is tearing it up in AAA Memphis to start the year, and John Mozeliak said he’s ready, but he’s not on the 40 man roster. If C. Carpenter is moved to the 60 day DL and M. Carp struggles, we might see Adams early.

As I said in my last post, these roster moves have a way of working themselves out. At this pace, Rule V pick Erik Komatsu is a lock to stay on the team the entire year. At least the Cards are off to a fast start and are able to look down at the division at this point.

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