I think you'd have to admit Martinez was the best of the three Cardinals' starters so far. His stuff was electric through three innings. He made a bad pitch in the fourth to Castellanos and you saw the rest. Let's see what happens next time but he has at least No. 3 starter stuff. Now, whether he can be consistent with that stuff is up to him.
I don't know the particulars but you can be sure that Lou Brock and Bob Gibson will be remembered similarly. The Cardinals always have done that.
I don't expect any contribution from Mikolas until there is one. The shoulder issue concerns me. As for Kim, I don't foresee him being as dominant as he was for much of last season but he's a sharp guy and let's see if he make the adjustments to counter the ones the opposition surely will have made.
It's one thing to celebrate good fortune. It's another to taunt the opponent and that's where Castellanos crossed the line. That goes for anyone.
Reitzie was a beauty. That's all you can say.
The cleanup hitter, Paul DeJong, did hit two homers in a game on Saturday. The leadoff man, Tommy Edman, had a big spring and should be fine but the Cardinals could go with Dylan Carlson if they wanted. I was unaware that the season was coming to a close.
One of the best things I saw was that Gallegos was dominant in a setup role, as he was two years ago. Also, Goldschmidt and Arenado are going to be on base a lot and make a lot of good plays. And, despite the results, I liked Martinez's stuff. I was concerned that the Cardinals' starting pitching might be a little short, even when the injured ones come back, and I maintain that position. Justin Williams may need a bit of a break. He has been swinging hard, but with no success. The bench doesn't seem as if it will offer much other than that Nogowski is a hitter.
Did you expect the Cardinals to win every game? The Cardinals and Reds finished virtually tied last year in the abbreviated season. There's nothing radically wrong with the Reds other than their starting pitching might be a little short, too.
I have been impressed with Martinez's past few outings, counting the ones in spring training. He is commanding his sinker better and he really has five pitches. And his arm doesn't hurt. Let's see what happens next Saturday against Milwaukee.
Teams can have 14 pitchers if they like on a 26-man roster and the Cardinals may be heading in that direction after they get past the couple of off days they have in the next 10 days. But one of the reasons there are more pitchers has not as much to do with the starters as it is that teams want to give as many different looks to hitters as they can.
They are a lefthanded batter short unless Carpenter recaptures some of his old form. The club will give him a little time but the Cardinals might have to look for a lefthanded hitter, probably an outfielder, later in the season.
I came to the Post-Dispatch in 1971 and was given some Cardinals assignments as the No. 3 man in 1973, moving up to No. 2 a few years later and taking over the beat in 1978 from 2021 Hall of Fame writer Dick Kaegel.