St. Louis Cardinals: A 2019 starting pitching preview
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.
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.