Following is a look at what the two have done through April 22, as they have the lowest ERAs among the five starters.
Sure, the season is early, but with Lance Lynn needed in the rotation for Chris Carpenter, where might the Cardinals have been without the aforementioned veteran arms? Both are in the final year of their respective contracts.
St. Louis Cardinals, starting pitchers through 2012 game 16
|Pitcher||Starts||QS||ERA||P W-L||Tm W-L||Avg IP||K/9 IP||Run spt|
|98.1 IP||67 Ks|
The Cardinals starters aggregate ERA of 2.75 is third in the National League, after Washington and Philadelphia. Atlanta, with eight wins from starters, is second to St. Louis’ 10.
Several other observations:
While there is no doubt that Adam Wainwright has struggled, his teammates could help remove pressure with some offensive support. Lohse has excelled despite little run backing while Jaime Garcia has been the beneficiary of much support. Of course, as in the case of all of this data, it tends to balance out over time.