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Cardinal lineup and notes: Piscotty, instant replay, PED testing

Stephen Piscotty is having a strong spring.
Stephen Piscotty is having a strong spring.
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For the final spring training game, the Cardinals will face complex “roommate” Miami Marlins; the lineup card is courtesy of Jenifer Langosch.

  • 3B Matt Carpenter
  • SS Jhonny Peralta
  • LF Matt Holliday
  • RF Allen Craig
  • 1B Matt Adams
  • C Tony Cruz
  • 2B Kolten Wong
  • CF Peter Bourjos
  • SP Michael Wacha

With the exception of Tony Cruz, this should be the everyday lineup. It’s possible that Adams and Molina could flip depending on the matchups. Tomorrow, the Cardinals will head to Memphis to face the Redbirds. Today, the official opening of Ballpark Village is scheduled with the opening ceremonies, VIP party and a free concert by Third Eye Blind; tomorrow they will be open for business as usual.

Stephen Piscotty has been getting a lot of attention this spring, as he should. He’s a top prospect in one of the more loaded systems in baseball, and he’s having a very impressive spring as a non-roster invitee. Kary Booher looks at a different side of him – the kid realizing he’s close to the dream…his dream. Booher also talks to Mike Matheny about Piscotty and the impact of the team’s veterans. While Piscotty has looked impressive this spring, he probably needs a little seasoning in Memphis before he gets promoted; the idea of him getting consistent at bats is much better than a pinch hit here and there. Plus, the Cardinals have been pretty smart with service clocks and 40-man roster space; there is no rush here.

With instant replay becoming a day-to-day occurrence in baseball starting Sunday, Jeff Passan goes over the ins and outs of when replay is allowed. Passan also points out something very important: MLB is focusing on getting it right rather than getting it implemented. They know there will be some problems for at least the first season, but are ready to address the issues. They are also allowing the whole process to be visible to the public. It’s a smart play; with MLB going in slowly and attempting to get the process correct, the public will be more forgiving when a replay takes too long or the wrong choice is made.

On more league-wide news, a stronger drug policy might be coming. The player’s union and ownership are looking at things harsher suspension for actual PEDs, reduced suspensions for inadvertent usage (if a substance is in an over the counter supplement or medicine) and more invasive testing. The interesting thing would be the reduced suspensions for inadvertent usage. Jhonny Peralta was suspended as part of last year’s Biogenesis scandal, which he received a diet supplement with banned ingredients; would he have received the smaller suspension (25 games instead of 50) for this? It could have saved a lot of scrutiny after signing his current deal.

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