Originally Posted by camisadelgolf
If Carpenter isn't pitching this season, the Cardinals have the following rotation:
Adam Wainwright - can he return to All-Star status? will arm health be a concern?
Lance Lynn - was his post All-Star performance a sign of fatigue? was his first-half performance a fluke?
Jaime Garcia - solid lefty starter, but health is a big issue; rehabbing a shoulder injury
Jake Westbrook - has 200+ IP only once since 2007; can he keep enough batters off the base paths?
Joe Kelly - a less-talented version of Mike Leake; needs a solid defense behind him to be successful
Shelby Miller - elite talent--is he ready?
That's still pretty impressive. Losing Carpenter isn't crippling, but the depth would've sure come in handy when you consider the questionable health of Wainwright, Garcia, and Westbrook.
Every pitcher has question marks, even the reds pitchers. They currently have alot less than the cardinals, but i don't think the cardinals are as good as the reds so that makes sense.
Pay Joe Kelly a little respect though. HE is far and away more talented than Mike Leake.