Which St. Louis Cardinals Pitching Staff Had 5 30-Game Starters?
Bill Chuck of Gammons Daily had a post today discussing 30-game starters.
Chuck discussed many a pitcher and many a pitching staff over the years.
I was surprised, and I think you will too, that one St. Louis Cardinals pitching staff had all five of it’s members throw 30-starts. Yes, I am surprised it was one but I’m more surprised at which one and which pitchers were included.
I’ll let you go ahead and take a guess or two now if you want…
Nope, nope, nope!
It was the 2005 pitching staff. It included Chris Carpenter, Jason Marquis, Matt Morris, Mark Mulder and Jeff Suppan.
This team made it all the way to the National League Championship Series where they lost to the Houston Astros.
Carpenter was the Cy Young award winner that season, an All-Star, going 21-5, with a 2.83 ERA, seven complete games and 213 strikeouts. He was amazing that season.
Marquis 13-14 that season with a 4.13 ERA. He struck out an even 100.
This was Mark Mulder’s best season with the club as he went 16-8 for the Cards. He struck out 111 batters.
Suppan, the consumate work horse, was 16-10 for the Cardinals with a 3.57 ERA. He struck out 114.
Matty Mo was 14-10 with a 4.11 ERA and struck out 117.
All five had three-digit strike out totals. That. Is. Amazing. Each pitcher, though some may be looked on in hind-sight as frustrating, brought their own individual style and hustle to the rotation that season. It’s really too bad that team couldn’t have gone further.
Take a look at Chuck’s post and see all of the pitching staffs and pitchers included in the 30-game start club. Anyone you are surprised to see or surprised not to see. Comment below!