Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals: Grapefruit League GameThread


Cade Cavalli struck out six of the ten batters he confronted over three scoreless innings in his 2022 Grapefruit League debut this previous weekend.

Cavalli, 23, and a primary spherical choose from 2020’s Draft, is in camp with the large league membership this spring after working his means from Excessive-A to Triple-A in 2021, and the highest prospect within the Washington Nationals’ system is getting a shot at present to face the St. Louis Cardinals on the highway in Jupiter, FL’s Roger Dean Stadium, with supervisor Davey Martinez joking with reporters in his pregame press convention yesterday in regards to the risk Cavalli may make the membership’s roster for Opening Day.

“That’s an excellent query,” Martinez stated when requested if it’d occur, as quoted by MASN’s Mark Zuckerman. “One which I can not reply proper now. … I believe that’s for the higher-up.”

Cavalli put up a mixed 3.36 ERA, 60 walks (4.38 Ok/9), and 175 strikeouts (12.77 Ok/9) in 24 begins and 123 1⁄3 IP on the yr throughout the three ranges within the minors in 2021, however after he didn’t pitch outdoors of the alternate coaching web site in 2020, and he struggled at occasions together with his command and walks final season, so there’s clearly nonetheless work to do, and as Martinez informed reporters earlier this month, the starter is aware of the place the main focus must be.

“The most important factor for him,” Martinez defined, “as we inform all of our younger guys and even our veteran guys: in case you can’t throw the ball persistently over the plate, the struggles are going to be massive for you.

“Particularly whenever you rise up right here and the hitters are so significantly better, I believe, as a result of they bought a very good eye.”

With the Cardinals more likely to ship various their anticipated on a regular basis gamers on the market for at present’s recreation, after an off day yesterday, it ought to be a very good take a look at for Cavalli, and all of us get to observe it (a minimum of in case you have MLB.television).

HERE’S THE NATIONALS’ LINEUP FOR TODAY’S GAME VS THE CARDS:

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