Reasons the St. Louis Cardinals will be ok
By Rodney Davis
The loss of Adam Wainwright is a major blow for the St. Louis Cardinals and one that will reshape the outlook on the season. With that said, here are reasons the St. Louis Cardinals will be ok.
Yesterday, news was confirmed that many fans of the St. Louis Cardinals feared, and that was that Adam Wainwright, would miss the remainder of the season due to a torn Achilles on his left leg and will miss the rest of the 2015 season.
Up to the injury, the St. Louis Cardinals featured arguably the best rotation thus far in the big leagues for the 2015 season.
Behind Wainwright in the rotation are Lance Lynn, who to many is a possible #1 on any other team, veteran John Lackey, Michael Wacha, who if healthy is an ace in the making and young sensation Carlos Martinez.
Many are wondering what Mike Matheny will decide to do with the opening in the rotation. For Matheny and the St. Louis Cardinals, you don’t just replace an Adam Wainwright or his production (121-67, 2.98 era).
No, guys like Wainwright aren’t a dime a dozen and quite frankly attempting to do so would be detrimental to the St. Louis Cardinals on their quest for another deep post-season run.
I feel the St. Louis Cardinals will be ok because of the depth they have established over the years in the minor leagues. Waiting in the wings are guys like Tim Cooney, Tyler Lyons, a man everyone should be familiar with Marco Gonzales after he comes off the dl, Zach Petrick or how about Jaime Garcia when he completes his rehab program.
Beyond that, the St. Louis Cardinals have guys plucked away in double A and A ball, including Rob Kaminsky and Alex Reyes. From a leadership standpoint, the St. Louis Cardinals have plenty of guys in their locker room to pick up the slack.
Anytime you have a Yadier Molina, Matt Holliday, John Lackey, Randy Choate or others who have been through situations like this and know how to rally the troops, your team is in good hands.
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I suspect that the St. Louis Cardinals will be able to make the necessary adjustments and adopt the next man up mentality to proceed with the remainder of the season.
Let’s hope that process begins today with game 2 of their series against the Philadelphia Phillies after dropping last night’s opener 4-1.
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