Buy or Sell: 2022 Projections for St. Louis Cardinals Rotation
By Josh Jacobs
2022 Projection: Record: 10-8, ERA: 4.37, Innings: 142, SO: 138, BB: 46, WHIP: 1.32
After signing with the St. Louis Cardinals prior to the lockout, Steven Matz projects to be the only lefty in the Cardinals rotation, barring Matthew Liberatore cracking it with projected injuries. Oddly enough though, a move away from the AL East has not treated Matz kindly in Baseball Reference projections.
After posting a 3.82 ERA over 150 innings to a record of 14-7, a move to the NL Central in front of the league’s best infield defense should improve Matz’s numbers in 2022. Although the National League now has the DH, pitching against teams like the Brewers, Reds, Pirates, and Cubs consistently should favor Matz as opposed to the Rays, Yankees, Red Sox, and Orioles.
Expect a better record from Matz, and an ERA closer to the 3.60 range for the lefty.