There've been a lot of Spring Training milestones hit since the St. Louis Cardinals congregated in Jupiter last month, but this might be the biggest one: Next week, when Grapefruit League play begins, both Shelby Miller and Adam Wainwright will start something that bears a a more-than-passing resemblance to a real baseball game.â†µ
That's Miller Wednesday and Wainwright Friday, according to Derrick Goold's recap of Mike Matheny's schedule. Also set to go: Kyle Lohse on Monday—pretty big honor, being the Grapefruit League Opening Day starter—Jake Westbrook, along with Maikel Cleto, on Tuesday; and Jaime Garcia on Thursday.
Cleto's one of the more interesting pitchers to watch in this year's spring season; through AA he'd had a surprisingly excellent run as a starting pitcher, and while he struggled a little in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League it looks like he'll last longer than expected before his high-90s fastball turns him into a generic flamethrowing reliever. If he adjusts to AAA as a starter he could push himself into rotation consideration ahead of Carlos Martinez.