Re: Cardinals are luckiest team in baseball.
I wanted to make this a separate post, as it was hard to squeeze in the prior post without getting points lost/confused......
Obviously, the key for the Cardinals has been clutch hitting -- but more importantly, the starting pitching....
At this point, I feel pretty reasonable in saying Wainwright and Lynn can hit the 200 inning mark. Waino for reasons obvious -- he's done it before, and he's two years removed from TJ surgery. Regarding Lynn: It's his second year as a starter. He's lighter. I think he grows into the role.
NOW... the issue is with the youngsters. I'm pretty certain that I've read that the club wants to try and limit Shelby Miller's innings to around 170 innings. You have Lyons who is pitching out of his mind right now after two starts -- how long does that last? And Wacca appears to be filling out the back end of the rotation -- no idea how he'll perform, but he has sick stuff.
The Cardinals REALLY need Jake Westbrook to bounce back, if nothing else but to suck up innings and take some strain of these youngsters. It would be nice if Chris Carpenter could do the same, but you never know with his health.
The key is Carlos Martinez, in my mind. He was sent back to Memphis to stretch out. If he performs well (as expected), I wouldn't be surprised to see him get called back up and make occassional spot starts to save the other youngster's arms (and inning totals).
One thing is certain: Everything is up in the air for the Cards rotation. They're just going to make adjustments as they go. It's certainly going to be interesting to see how things shake out.