When the St. Louis Cardinals acquired Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk via trade this year, it made an already crowded outfield situation all the more competitive.
“There’s not too many other ways to look at it,” acknowledged Shane Robinson a couple weeks later. “You just have to go out there and do your job. I’ve done it over the last few years and it’s worked out so far.”
Robinson is batting .297 entering today’s game and has driven in six runs this spring and remains a strong candidate to come off the bench to play any of the three outfield spots, pinch-hit, or pinch-run.
“Just trying to do my best and I think the Cardinals know what I have to offer,” says Robinson, who has become familiar with battling for a roster spot in his career. “A lot of it’s out of my control. I can only control how I play.”
Besides being used as a defensive replacement in the outfield and pinch-runner, Robinson batted .278 (5-18) as pinch-hitter last season. And while just a .246 hitter in 342 big league at-bats, “Suga” has had some of his most productive appearances within the National League Central.
CHC .292 (7-24)
CIN .286 (8-28)
MIL .316 (12-38)
PIT .268 (15-56)
Robinson will bat sixth and start in right field today as the Cardinals visit the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium.
Lance Lynn will be making his fourth start of the Grapefruit League and has 19 strikeouts in the spring—16 of which came in the 10 innings of games he started. A full bullpen is scheduled to be available.
Kolten Wong, 2B
Daniel Descalso, 3B
Matt Holliday, LF
Matt Adams, 1B
Yadier Molina, C
Shane Robinson, RF
Peter Bourjos, CF
Pete Kozma, SS
Lance Lynn, P