UCB Roundtable Response: Who starts at third base for the Cardinals?

by on March 10, 2010 · 0 comments

[Ed. note: Once or twice throughout the season, the United Cardinal Bloggers undertake a roundtable discussion via e-mail that involves and answers various questions from the bloggers taking part over the course of a few weeks. We’ve spent most of our writing time answering those questions and taking part in those discussions (gladly, I might add), so figured they are fair game to post here – not to mention trying to gain a little exposure for both the project as well as some other blogs you all should be reading.]

Ben from All Redbirds, All The Time asks:

At this point in time, who do you see as the starting third baseman: Joey Bombs Mather, David Freese, or Felipe Lopez?  I ask this because a third baseman can be a cornerstone of a solid defense, as well as provide concrete impact offensively.

I get the impression that Tony doesn’t want to give him the satisfaction, nor rest on his laurels, but David Freese has the job at third base.

For a team so concerned with defense – and clearly struggling with that end of the game already this spring – Freese provides the best option with the glove.

Mark him as the best defensive option, and his overall “score” for winning the job gets a big boost when you consider that he ultimately projects to be very similar to what could’ve been expected from Mark DeRosa in the same role in 2010.

I sincerely hope that Joe Mather makes this team and sees extended playing time as a super-utility guy around the outfield and maybe some third and first base time – particularly after his boastful comments in the off-season about “making the team or moving on”.

There is no doubt that Felipe Lopez was brought in as a deterrent to Freese getting too comfortable, and no doubt Lopez will see time at third base – but he is not a third sacker by trade.  Expect a heavy dose of David Freese unless the bottom falls out of his game.

Writing about the Cardinals and other loosely associated topics since 2008, I've grown tired of the April run-out only to disappoint Cardinal fans everywhere by mid-May. I do not believe in surrendering free outs.
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