March 23, 2009

Cards current Grapefruit status

With 13 days remaining until opening day, the Cardinals hold second place in the Grapefruit League.

There are 16 teams in the Grapefruit League.

The standings are of no big significance during Spring Training, but if they reveal anything, it might be that the teams with the better Spring Training records have pitching staffs that are farther along than others.

The Cardinals currently hold second place, 1/2-game behind the Atlanta Braves.

The Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees are tied for third place, 3 1/2 games out of first place.

Another factor in Spring Training standings can be that some teams have more key players participating in the World Baseball Classic.