St. Louis Cardinals: A 2019 starting pitching preview

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 30: Yadier Molina #4 and Carlos Martinez #18 of the St. Louis Cardinals return to the dugout after recording the final out of the seventh inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium on August 30, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 30: Yadier Molina #4 and Carlos Martinez #18 of the St. Louis Cardinals return to the dugout after recording the final out of the seventh inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium on August 30, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 29: Carlos Martinez #18 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after their win ocer the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on September 29, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The St. Louis Cardinals won 2-1. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) /

In short, the starting pitching staff will not be a weakness on the 2019 St. Louis Cardinals. The only thing I wouldn’t mind seeing is the addition of a bona fide ace such as Corey Kluber. However, this is one of the few times I won’t mind seeing Mozeliak and Co sitting pat. They have done well to accumulate both the quality and quantity of pitching depth that they have.

It is slightly sad to imagine that this might be the last year for Michael Wacha on the Cardinals, but he had a good career with the St. Louis Cardinals. I would expect that as much as the Cardinals enjoy having Wacha here, there are just too many young players where extending Wacha just doesn’t make sense.

I personally thought it was a mistake to let Lance Lynn walk in Free Agency last year, but the Cardinals proved me wrong. They made a great signing in Miles Mikolas (hopefully even extending his contract soon) and found a diamond in the rough with Jack Flaherty.

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The farm system has done a wonderful job of churning out brilliant young pitchers and will hopefully continue to do so. Quality pitching has been a staple of Cardinals baseball for many many years and the tradition will be continued in 2019.