Gant will open the season in a "hybrid" bullpen role, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports. The Cardinals confirmed that Dakota Hudson will open the season as the team's fifth starter, leaving Gant to fill a swingman role. In 26 appearances (19 starts) for the big club in 2018, the right-hander compiled a 3.47 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 95:57 K:BB in 114 innings.
Gant will make the Opening Day roster, though his role is still undecided, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. Gant is battling Dakota Hudson for the Cardinals' fifth starter job, with the loser expected to fill a mop-up role. Gant's 3.46 ERA in 13 spring innings is perfectly fine, but it trails Hudson's 1.72 mark.
Gant allowed an earned run on four hits in a 4-2 Grapefruit League loss to the Marlins on Sunday. He struck out one and lowered his spring ERA to 3.46 across 13.0 innings. The right-hander made his latest strong case for the Cardinals' open rotation spot with his crisp outing Sunday. Gant had also looked sharp in an intrasquad game last Thursday morning, but he's facing a formidable opponent for the job in Dakota Hudson, who fired five scoreless innings Monday versus the Phillies. The battle between the two could be decided by the middle of this week according to manager Mike Shildt, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Gant fired two strong innings in an intrasquad game Thursday morning, Glenn Sattell of MLB.com reports. The right-hander remained in firm contention for the final rotation spot with his showing, one in which his breaking ball was particularly effective. Gant seemingly kept pace with his primary competition for the job, Dakota Hudson, who allowed just an earned run over three innings in a Wednesday start versus the Marlins. The battle between the two hurlers could come down to the final week of spring, with the loser likely opening the season in a bullpen role.
Gant, who is one of the leading candidates for the Cardinals' final rotation spot, is slated to throw two innings in an intrasquad game Thursday morning, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. Gant just pitched a clean eighth inning Tuesday versus the Braves, and he'll get another opportunity to make his case for a rotation spot just 48 hours later. The right-hander is primarily battling Dakota Hudson, who allowed an earned run over three innings versus the Marlins on Wednesday, for the job. While Hudson has been impressive so far this spring, Gant is out of options and has fared reasonably well himself, posting a 4.00 ERA over nine innings spanning four spring appearances (two starts).