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Spring Training Game Thread: March 1, 2020. Astros vs Cardinals, 12:05 CST

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Lance McCullers makes his Spring debut

MLB: Spring Training-New York Mets at Houston Astros Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

The Astros lost one to the Mets in the ninth inning yesterday, after leading all game, 2-1. Astros fans should be encouraged by the success of the first three pitchers used in yesterday’s game, Framber Valdez, Chris Denvenski, and Bryan Abreu.

A leading contender for the fifth starter, Valdez pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, although he did allow two walks. This was the same line that appears on Abreu’s cox score. Pitching between them, Devenski, who is vying for a spot on the bullpen roster, threw 1.1 scoreless innings.

The Astros play the Cardinals today at 12:05. Lance McCullers makes his Spring debut today after missing all last season with Tommy John surgery.