Adam Wainwright and Carlos Martinez make their Spring debut vs NY Mets

Updated: Feb 25, 2020


Starter Adam Wainwright makes his Spring debut Sunday vs the NY Mets (Photo: AP)

St. Louis Cardinals traveled to Port St. Lucie for a re-match against the New York Mets for their second Spring exhibition game Sunday.


Adam Wainwright (38) and Carlos Martinez (28) both made their Spring debuts Sunday. One of Cardinals' top priorities of Spring training was to fill one rotation spot. Since starter Miles Mikolas (flexor tendon) was placed on the IL six days ago and won't be available for Opening Day or early season, their need has been bumped to two spots to fill.


Veteran Wainwright, signing yet another one year contract, is a lock. I look for him to be placed in the #4 or #5 spot in the rotation. One of the 'hopefuls' in the running is RHP Carlos Martinez.


ADAM WAINWRIGHT RETIRED AFTER 39 PITCHES


Wainwright came to the mound with a Cardinals one run lead by Harrison Bader's 'lead-off' solo shot in the top of the inning. His first inning on Sunday was pretty much smooth sailing. But, found he had to deal with a very 'tight' strike zone. Even though, he got his three outs facing Mets starting four with two groundouts and one pop out. In the interim did issue a walk. The corners of the strike zone were not as apparent to the home plate umpire as Wainwright thought they should be.


His second inning became a 'work load'. The inning began with a solo homer by Jake Marisnick to tie the game one all. Next up, Thomas Nido slugged out a single before Wainwright had his two outs. Then, he issued yet another walk for two runners on and total of 39 pitches in his 1.2 IP. Which during early Spring play, a starter is held to two innings or 35 (+/-) pitches. Even though a tight strike zone, I feel Wainwright realizes a bit more 'tweaking' is needed for him to be effective.


Manager Mike Shildt made the switch and prospect RHP prospect Angel Rondon followed Wainwright and got the third out on a ground out for his Spring debut.


CARLOS MARTINEZ ON THE BUMP FOR 1.1 IP


C Martinez called for the third and continued into the fourth inning. He was retired right at 35 pitches. I use the proverbial 'But'. His debut equaled some of his performances of 2019.

He faced a total of ten hitters,


In the third, he got his first out on his first batter faced. Gave up two singles, then settled in to close the inning with a groundout and a strikeout.


In the fourth, the Mets worked him well. He began by loading the bases with a single, a RBI double and a walk issued. His first out came on a fielder's choice at third. H