Below is the table comparing the Cardinals pitching staff against the Brewers and Reds projected starting rotations. With the Reds, I listed 6 starters. It seems that one of Bailey, Leake, or Wood will be left off to start the season, but I’m not sure which one it will be. The Cincinnati Reds depth chart from MLB.com has 6 starters listed, #5 being Travis Wood, #6 being Mike Leake. I actually think Bailey might be the odd man out.
As you can see, if everyone has an average year, the Cardinals are in pretty good shape. We all know the health of Lohse is key. I’m a little worried about Carpenter and his velocity being down a bit, and also the unknown with why Wainwright was shut down at the end of 2010. Garcia’s ERA will probably go up quite a bit, but I don’t see a huge sophomore slump.
The Brewers have the more dominant staff in terms of strikeouts per 9 innings. Like I’ve said with the Brewers, I think their acquisition of Shaun Marcum has been overshadowed by Zack Greinke. I think Marcum has the chance to be the best pitcher on the Brewers staff.
Finally, I went ahead and put career W-L records for each pitcher. Many will discard them as not as important as years past, but I think there’s still quite a bit of relevance. Using them on their own doesn’t do much, but using them with the other stats given will give us a better understanding of a pitcher’s ability. As you can see, the Cardinals have the most experienced staff of the three. I like the way we match up from top to bottom.
|Pitcher||Career W-L||Career ERA||Career FIP||WAR/200||Career WHIP||Career SO/9|