Albert Pujols had the day off Sunday. But the rest of the Cardinals took care of the offense, taking advantage of a strong wind blowing toward left field, while Pujols had the quote of the day on Channel 2 when talking about his next contract:
"Who wants to play this game just to have fun? I want to play the game to win and to have fun. If you aren't winning you aren't having fun."
Brian Barton, a guy who seems to have the odds of making this Cardinals team stacked against him, did his part to get noticed Sunday with a pair of homers, a double and six RBIs.
My concern for Barton is that he didn't get to play much last season due to injury and his place on the depth chart. I don't see the Cardinals keeping him in St. Louis as a fifth outfielder because he would be better off playing every day in Class AAA Memphis. That being said, with Joe Mather potentially spending the first month or so playing third base, the Cardinals have a very lefthanded outfield crew and they might need a righty bat to help them against tough lefty pitchers.
The guy has surprising power and good speed. But the knock on Barton is that he is a lousy outfielder with mediocre range and an awful, awful arm.
Speaking of lefty outfielders, Skip Schumaker hit his first bump in the road to converting to second base with an error Sunday. No biggie. But let's see how he recovers. Schumaker was 0-2 at the plate with a walk. And Ryan Ludwick (he's a lefty thrower, while a righty hitter) got the ball rolling with a 2-5 day to raise his average to .250 this spring.
Khalil Greene had three hits while Brian Barden, Colby Rasmus and Yadier Molina each had a pair.
While the offense was impressive, the defense took a beating in the Jupiter winds.
Brad Thompson was hammered for five hits and three earned runs in 2 2/3 innings pitched, although he did strike out three. Ian Ostland gave up two earned runs without managing to get an out and Kyle McClellan gave up three runs in 2 2/3 innings.