The Rotation of Dominance is Back
Last season, the Cardinals’ rotation was historic. While it would be hard to expect as historic this season, it is absolutely possible. The Cardinals lost John Lackey and Lance Lynn from the rotation but have gained Adam Wainwright and Mike Leake. Not to mention Marco Gonzales, Tim Cooney, and Alexander Reyes waiting their turn in the minors.
While John Lackey was great for the Cardinals, it is hard to expect him to do the same as he did last season, with his 82.6% LOB%. However, having Adam Wainwright back in the rotation gives the team the formidable ace that it lacked last season. Before his Achilles injury last season Wainwright was off to his own historic season, and was as nasty as ever with his 1.44 ERA through four starts. The season before, Wainwright went 20-9 with a 2.38 ERA, his career best.
In baseball years you might as well consider Wainwright 30 and 1/2, as he missed almost half of a season in 2008, all of 2011, and most 2015. This puts Wainwright on track to have plenty of gas in the tank for a great run this season.
Oh, then you throw in Jaime Garcia and Carlos Martinez who were both very good last season. Michael Wacha has the potential to be very good this season, if he can command that fastball, and stay healthy.
All told, the Cardinals’ rotation looks to rival the Mets’ as the league’s best rotation yet again. This will surely get them far this season, and once they are in the playoffs it will move them right along to the World Series. Even if they face those “young Cubs’ hitters”, good pitching can beat these Cubs (in case you missed the 2015 NLCS). This will be the greatest strength for the Cardinals this season.
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