St. Louis Cardinals – Week 1 Review
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Monday, April 8th, 2013
By Landen Crouch ( Cardinals Correspondent) Follow @LandenCrouch
Week in Review:
The opening week of the 2013 season for the St. Louis Cardinals can now be considered successful after a 14-3 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday afternoon. The Cardinals finished their opening week six-game West Coast road trip with a .500-record of (3-3).
This is definitely a huge success for the Cardinals to come back to St. Louis with at least a .500 record. Of course, they wanted to win the 16-inning marathon against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday night (and early into Thursday morning), and the 1-0 pitchers-dual game against Barry Zito on Friday.
Those were two tough losses. Overall, though, this week was positive for the Cardinals and should give them some momentum coming into their home opening series against the Cincinnati Reds.
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The Cardinals pounded out 59 hits (9.8 per game) in their six road games.
Outscored their opponents 37-24 (6.1 Runs Per Game) during the road trip,
The Cardinals will need a good year from Westbrook after the loss of 16-game winner Kyle Lohse in Free Agency.
Top pitching prospect Shelby Miller recorded his first Win of the year against San Francisco on Saturday – with a line of 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 SO, 4 BB.
Pete Kozma looking like a solid every day Shortstop
The Not So Good:
An odd lack of power from the middle of the order The Cards only hit 4 Home Runs during the six-game road trip, three of which came in the second game against the Diamondbacks (won 6-1). Jay, Holliday, Molina, and Kozma each have one Home Run, but the Cardinals can’t expect Jay and Kozma to carry the team with power numbers.
Beltran and Craig will need to get going a little bit more this week.
The Cardinals got off to a (1-3) start on the year, but they quickly recovered to win the final two games over the weekend and finished the week with a .500 record.
What to Look for This Week:
Division Games: The Cardinal will play six games against some familiar division rivals this week, starting with a 3-game series with the Cincinnati Reds early on, and a 3-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend
Home Games Finally. I am sure the Cardinals are glad to be back at Busch Stadium. The home opener at Busch Stadium is following 31 Spring Training games in Florida and 6 games on the West Coast to start the year.
This home stand will be good for the Cardinals morale and for the fans. Now the fans won’t have to be up until midnight (or 3 AM, as was the case in the 16-Inning game against the Diamondbacks)
Matt Carpenter should see his first start at Second Base for the 2013 season some time this week. Flexibility is going to be a huge asset for the Cardinals this season, and Carpenter will be a huge part of it.
Mike Matheny What will the manager do with all this flexibility with bats and position players?
Matt Adams, a dynamite player last year in AAA-Memphis has finally made the big-league club. He isn’t quite a starter yet, and he only plays First Base.
With Allen Craig also playing first base, this could create a problem, or a lot of moving the lineup around this season. Some pressure will be on Mike Matheny to be sure he is keeping all of his bench guys sharp and his veterans happy, dividing the playing time and at-bats effectively.
The team at least saw Veteran OF Carlos Beltran belt 3 hits and collect 5 RBI over the final 2 games over the Giants Series. He had entered Saturday hitting .091 (1 – 11) with 0 RBI though the first 4 games.
What We Know:
At this point in the season, we really do not know very much about this team. What we do know is that GM John Mozeliak and the Cardinals ownership have a ton of confidence in the young guys coming up through the system.
After letting Albert Pujols and Kyle Lohse walk in the last two offseasons, the Cardinals management seems very confident in the young guys to walk in a pick up where those guys left off.
It looks like a great plan long term, and it worked last year (Cardinals were 1 win away from another NL Championship).
This year is definitely going to be a fun one to watch. With the Houston Astros out of the NL Central, there is sure to be a tougher competition among the remaining teams for a division title.
The Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, and Pittsburgh Pirates are all capable of winning a division title this year, but only one can emerge. Who will it be?
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A big thank-you goes out to our Cardinals Correspondent Landen Crouch. Landen is a huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. He has followed them almost religiously since he was 7-Years-Old. In recent years, though, Landen has discovered how deep his passion for the game of baseball is. His dream is to visit as many ballparks as he can in his lifetime. Landen does not currently cover sports professionally, but as a hobby. He is studying Vocal Music Education at Arkansas Tech University and is his final year in the program. He is set to graduate in December of this year. Follow and Interact with Landen on Twitter Follow @LandenCrouch
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