At the beginning of April it was painfully clear that the 2013 Cardinals would be without rotation mainstay Chris Carpenter, 16 game winner Kyle Lohse, and closer Jason Motte.
Being well aware of the fact that the Cardinals offense has struggled to stay healthy, many people (along with myself) began to wonder if the Cardinals would have enough pitching to keep up with the favored Reds in the NL Central.
Six weeks into the 2013 season though, the 24-13 Cardinals are silencing doubters in resounding fashion.
Jaime Garcia, who has easily been the least successful Cardinals pitchers this year, is 4-2 with a 2.88 ERA. No, you didn’t read that wrong, Garcia’s 2.88 ERA is in fact the highest among the 5 Cardinals starters.
The Cardinals starters have claimed 21 of the Cardinals 24 victories, while losing just 8. If not for the bullpen being absolutely miserable (2-5) before Mujica took over the closer’s role, the rotation’s record would be even more impressive.
Here is a quick look at the rest of the staff’s numbers:
Adam Wainwright: 5-2 with a 2.30 ERA, and a .99 WHIP
Shelby Miller: 5-2 with a 1.58 ERA and more K’s than hits/walks/runs combined
Jake Westbrook: 2-1 with a 1.62 ERA and 0 HR allowed
Lance Lynn: 6-1 with a 2.88 ERA and 54 K’s in 50 innings
…. Talk about video game numbers.
Just this past weekend, Wainwright and Miller combined for 18 innings while only giving up 3 hits and striking out 20 in back-to-back shutouts against a very respectable Rockies offense.
As long as newly appointed closer Edward Mujica (10 for 10 in save opportunities) continues to buoy the rest of the Cardinals unstable bullpen (1 out of 8 in save opportunities) this team is going to continue to turn heads….
…and will continue to leave Cardinals fans asking “Kyle who?”
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