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Spring Training Game Thread 11, March 12, 2021, 5:05 CST. Astros @ Cardinals. (+ Game Recap)

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Kent Emmanuel on the mound, and a bunch of Astros starters, take on veteran Adam Wainwright and the Cards today in Florida action

Houston Astros v Washington Nationals Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

With a lineup devoid of likely opening day roster players, the Astros were shut out by the Mets yesterday 1 - 0. The Astros managed only three baserunners, two on base on balls, and a single by Taylor Jones.

The pitching was promising, however, as starter Zack Greinke, in his second Spring appearance, went three scoreless innings, allowing two hits, but no walks and four strikeouts.

Ryan Pressly continued his spotless Spring record, pitching a scoreless inning with one hit and one strikeout. And 2016 ninth-round draftee, Ryan Hartman continued his impressive Spring with two perfect innings and three strikeouts.

The losing pitcher was Nivaldo Rodriguez, who made the only pitching mistake of the night, allowing a solo homer to Pete Alonzo in the sixth inning.

Today, 2013, 3rd round draftee, lefty Kent Emanuel gets another start. At age 28 it’s time for Emanuel to spit or get off the pot, and obviously, the Astros are looking at him as possible back of the rotation insurance come late season when injuries inevitably take their toll on the starting rotation. The Astros want to take a good look at Emanuel against big-league hitters so every chance is big for the aging rookie.

The Astros send something very close to their starting lineup against Adam Wainwright today, given the continued absence of Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez due to injury.

(I must say, every day without Alvarez, who had supposedly minor knee surgery LAST SUMMER, makes me more and more nervous)

Garrett Stubbs gets a look at catcher. Myles Straw, hitting.438 for the Spring, gets another look at leadoff.

Here’s the Astros lineup?

Myles Straw............................CF

Jose Altuve.............................2B

Michael Brantley....................LF

Carlos Correa........................SS

Kyle Tucker............................RF

Yuli Gurriel.............................1B

Robel Garcia..........................3B

Garrett Stubbs.......................C

Ronnie Dawson......................DH

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