The long wait is over. After the St. Louis Cardinals intrasquad game was rained out in Jupiter on Sunday, Spring Training games begin today. The Cardinals face the new-look Miami Marlins in the first Roger Dean Project match-up of the season. The game is not televised, but will be broadcast on KMOX 1120. (A complete broadcast schedule of Cardinals games, including Spring Training, can be found here.)
At the Post-Dispatch Cardinal Beat blog, Derrick Goold gives us the lineup that will start against Marlins ace Josh Johnson today:
1) Skip Schumaker, RF
2) Jon Jay, CF
3) Matt Holliday, LF
4) Carlos Beltran, DH
5) Yadier Molina, C
6) Matt Adams, 1B
7) Tyler Greene, 2B
8) Daniel Descalso, 3B
9) Alex Cora, SS
Goold also shares with us which pitchers are available for the spring opener.
Kyle Lohse will be the starter, with the following pitchers coming in behind him, depending on the availability of innings: RHP Brandon Dickson, RHP Victor Marte, RHP Joe Kelly, LHP R. J. Swindle, LHP Nick Greenwood and RHP Trevor Rosenthal.
Here are some high- and low-lights of the Cardinals' pitching performances:
- Lohse threw 2.0 IP and allowed one hit and run via a solo homer by Greg Dobbs. He threw 20 of 26 pitches for strikes.
- Brandon Dickson had a rough outing: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 SO, 0 BB.
- Trevor Rosenthal--the man, the myth, the legend--touched 97/98 MPH with his fastball.
- R.J. Swindle, who may be a left-handed wizard, threw 81 MPH fastballs and 54 MPH curves.