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Wednesday’s headline reactions

John Mozeliak notes that the Cardinals “still think we have some holes.” One is right field, stomach and Carlos Beltran would fill it well.

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6 Responses to “Wednesday’s headline reactions”

  1. ahitz Says:

    Agreed with you about the lack of a “bench puzzle” when you posted, and with the weekends releases (Cora & Hill) and minor league options (Adams, Hamilton, and Chambers), Matt Carpenter appears to have made the team. Assuming Cruz has the defensive edge over Anderson behind the plate, it seems likely that the Cards are only still asking one bench question:, Erik Komatsu or Shane Robinson?

    I don’t envy them that decision. ZIPS only projected Robinson at a .301 OBP, but his spring OBP equals Komatsu’s .333 and his SLG is a little higher. Komatsu has a better ratio of walks to strikeouts in the small spring sample, and is a rule 5. Robinson is a couple years older and a centerfielder, which the bench lacks.

  2. Pip Says:

    Yeah, I think your point about player status is the tie-breaker when it comes to these decisions. I expect that Komatsu, in addition to having a decent spring, will make it on account of his Rule-5 status.

    You’re right that the bench lacks a CF for the time-being, but Beltran is available in a pinch. The tradeoff of defensive flexibility for offense is probably worth it, since Komatsu will be a lefthanded pinch-hitter in practice.

  3. ahitz Says:

    I expect you’re right about Komatsu … and won’t be surprised to see him in center late in some games…

    It is going to be interesting to watch how Matheny handles his collection of corner fielders in April. I really like the projected offense they bring, but it leaves the middle of the field kinda thin, especially considering that Furcal and Beltran will likely need some extra days off.

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