ST. LOUIS -- There was a point late in Spring Training when manager Mike Matheny expressed satisfaction with the collective improvement he was seeing from his club against left-handed pitching. Since then, though, the Cardinals have had minimal opportunity to see if there would be any carryover effect from that spring success.
The team continues to draw an imbalance of right-handed starters, so much so that they will end up facing only three left-handed starters in 22 April games. St. Louis won't face another lefty until Thursday, when it sees Pittsburgh's Erik Bedard for the second time this year. The Cardinals have won all three games they've faced a lefty starter.
The absence of lefties has also hurt Tyler Greene's chances of finding much rhythm at the plate. He was expected to get the majority of second-base starts against southpaws, especially while Skip Schumaker was recovering from an oblique strain.