More players were cut in the Cardinals camp, getting the overall roster closer to 25. They cut 10 overall, but most of these were not big surprises. Extra pitchers and a catcher were certain to go as well as a couple of very green infielders.
The only name that may have surprised some was Matt Carpenter. This non-ace Carp was tearing it up at camp, making many question if he had the potential to make the Opening Day roster. But he has not and I think this is the right decision.
When you have a guy like Daniel Descalso in camp who has that experience, why not give him a shot? While Carpenter was looking good, he’s still brand new. Look at many of the other minor leaguers who put up good numbers and then proceeded to look like little leaguers once they hit the Big Time. All that does is damage their confidence as they are bounced around from the Minors to the Majors and back down again. I say, send Carp down, give him some time to really grow as a hitter, learning to make those adjustments, developing his skills and then bring him up when the time is right.
It’s good to know that he’s there, especially if something happens with Freese again. But until that time, I think we’re good with Freese, Theriot, Descalso and Skip. And hopefully before long Punto is back in the fold as well.
The 2011 Redbirds are starting to take shape and it’s certainly promising. Just thinking about the 2-5 spots being Rasmus, Pujols, Holliday and Berkman should be enough to give many teams chills. While our pitching will certainly be lacking, we definitely have the big boys with the big bats to get the job done. With Rasmus having uber protection, I expect him to be strong this year. And I also expect Berkman to hit well as long as he remains healthy. If both of those things are true, than anything that Skip or Molina does is just icing on the cake. Hopefully that will take some of the pressure off of them.
One of the biggest things I’m looking at this year is how good of a table setter Theriot is. The Cardinals have lacked a really great leadoff man in recent years, which has led to a lot of their shortfall. It’s not a coincidence that the year the Cardinals won the World Series, we had David Eckstein. Whether a walk, a HBP or a squirrely hit, he always seemed to get the job done. He didn’t struck out much and he made the pitchers work right from the beginning. If Theriot is half that good, the Cardinals have a lot of potential this year!
Trimming the fat,