Feb 24, 2011; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia (54) pitches to hitters during spring training workouts at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
(KSDK Sports) - No one would say the St. Louis bats were "on fire" in their season opener last night in Arizona. The Cardinals 3,4,5 and 6 hitters went a combined 2 for 14.
And combined for five strikeouts. But as we discussed intoday's Chirp, no one is panicing. Not even close. But rest assured, it won't take much time for Manager Mike Matheny to "shake" things up if he believes the need is there.
Arizona, which opened last season with four consecutive wins, will hand the ball on Tuesday to righty Trevor Cahill, who had an up-and-down first year with the Diamondbacks last season, going 13-12 with a 3.78 ERA.
An 18-game winner for the Oakland Athletics in 2010, Cahill was terrific this spring, as he pitched to a 1.86 ERA with 25 strikeouts in 19 1/3 Cactus League innings.
St. Louis, meanwhile, will counter with lefty Jaime Garcia, who was hampered by a shoulder injury last season and was only 7-7 with a 3.92 ERA in 20 starts. The shoulder also forced him to leave Game 2 of the Cardinals' NLDS matchup with the Washington Nationals.
However, Garcia appeared healthy this spring and was 2-1 with a 2.48 ERA in a team-high 29 Grapefruit League innings.
"I wanted to see him go out there and just take the ball and pitch every day that we gave him the chance to and not over think," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "He came out and did just that. He did a very nice job of, in my opinion, taking a step forward in his growth as a pitcher.
"I'm really excited to watch a full season of that. The stuff, nobody had any questions about whether this guy's stuff was any good. He's in a different league with some of the movement he has on his pitches."
Daniel Descalso and Matt Holliday each drove in a run in Monday's loss for the Cardinals, while Adam Wainwright absorbed the loss, surrendering four runs (3 earned) and 11 hits in six innings.
The D-backs dropped five of six games to the Cardinals last season.