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The National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals ultimately fell just short of claiming the World Series title, but one of the main reasons they were able to have the success that they did was their stable of young pitchers which was highlighted early and often throughout the postseason.
For fantasy baseball purposes, the Cards’ starting rotation has long been one of the best resources for starting pitching talent and last year was no different. St. Louis starters led the Majors in wins going 77-46 collectively with and ERA of 3.42 which was second only to the Dodgers starting staff in the ERA race. St. Louis’s starters finished in the top five in complete games and innings pitched as well while finishing tenth in BAA (batting average against).
This year, the Cardinals rotation is pretty much unchanged although they did lose Chris Carpenter (who was injured last year) and Jake Westbrook to retirement. They have the organizational depth to replace those veterans, though, and appear to have one of the best rotations in baseball once again this season.
Here’s a look at each projected starter, their numbers from last year, and their outlook for the coming season: