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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Cardinal Pitchers & Catchers Report Feb. 12

MIKE MATHENY
The 2012 St. Louis Cardinals went 88 - 74 in Mike Matheny's first year at the helm.  Finishing second in the National League Central division, the Red Birds earned a wild card birth in the playoffs and advanced to the finals before losing to the eventual World Champion San Fransisco Giants.  

So what's up for the 2013 Cardinals?  In this video, MLB.com Cardinals reporter Jenifer Langosch discusses the development of manager Mike Matheny throughout the 2012  season:   Report on Mike Matheny 

During the off season, St. Louis said goodbye to veterans Lance Berkman, Skip Shumaker, Kyle McClellan, Brandon Dickson and 16 game winner Kyle Lohse.  Free agents Randy Choate (south paw) and Ty Wigginton (infielder) will help fill the void.

On the mound, the 2013 Cardinals will rely on a mixture of veterans and up and coming talent.  Wainwright, Carpenter and Garcia will anchor the rotation with Lynn, Kelly, Miller and perhaps others vying for a starting role.

Questions remain in the middle infield.  Will shortstop Furcal shake off a nagging injury?  Who will start a second base?  Right now, the job is Descalso's to lose.

Holliday, Jay and Beltran round out the outfield.

One constant:  gold glove catcher Yadier Molina returns behind the plate.

Cardinal pitchers and catchers report Feb. 12, 2013.