(Busch Stadium) Putting on his St. Louis Cardinals uniform for the first time, reliever Chasen Shreve smiled as he looked around his new clubhouse.
“I’ve never even been here, I’ve never played in this stadium before so it’s a big change…hitting again,” said Shreve. “They made me try on a helmet and I was like what is this thing?”
And like most pitchers, Shreve was quick to recall his last turn in the batter’s box.
“We went extra innings with the Cubs last year and in the 18th inning, I got to hit,” he said. “Almost got a hit. Kris Bryant made a good play.”
For the record, his first name is pronounced with the “Ch”, as in Chase-En not Jason. And Shreve is the long E, sound as in Shree-ve.
The left-hander is available out of the bullpen tonight after being acquired by the Cardinals on Saturday in trade for Luke Voit and International Cap Space.
In 40 games with the Yankees this season, Shreve has a 4.26 ERA having allowed 18 earned runs in 38 innings. He has 46 strikeouts, 18 walks, and allowed 8 home runs.
“I just think I’m more of a flyball pitcher than a ground ball pitcher, so Yankee Stadium isn’t going to help that,” explained Shreve. “But then again, just making your pitches is what’s going to get people out.”
Stretched out to where he feels comfortable going as many as three innings if needed, Shreve shared his fastball sits between 92-94mph and his splitter comes in around 84-85mph. He will also mix in a slider on occasion.
“I got a splitter-happy over there the last couple years, but I’ve been throwing more fastballs lately,” said Shreve.
Besides looking forward to hitting again, the 28-year old is also looking forward to being part of another storied franchise.
“From what I hear, the fan base here is unbelievable,” said Shreve. “That’s the first thing I heard. That’s good and that comes with every franchise, having a lot of fans. The Cardinals are one of those teams you’re proud to be a part of.”
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