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Polls: St. Louis Cardinals pitching leaders in 2013

Jaime Garcia picked up the St. Louis Cardinals’ first win of 2013 Tuesday night at Arizona. Last season, the left-hander made just 20 starts due to shoulder problems and went 7-7.

Wednesday night’s starter, Lance Lynn, seized an opening created by Chris Carpenter’s injuries last season and went on to collect a team-high 18 victories. New Milwaukee Brewer Kyle Lohse won 16 and lost just three. In his first year back from Tommy John surgery, ace Adam Wainwright was 14-13.

In the ERA department, the four returning starters – Garcia, Lynn, Wainwright and Jake Westbrook – were closely bunched last year. Their ERAs ranged from Lynn at 3.78 to Westbrook at 3.97.

Rookie Shelby Miller has joined the 2013 starting five as Lohse departed.

Currently on the disabled list, Jason Motte’s unusual record of collecting every save for the Cardinals since the start of last season will soon be broken. Uncertainly about his health means the closer situation is currently cloudy.

Now it is time to predict your 2013 team leaders in wins, ERA and saves. Please vote in each of the three polls that follow and discuss your thoughts below.

Which starter will lead the Cardinals in wins?

  • Adam Wainwright (68%, 61 Votes)
  • Jaime Garcia (13%, 12 Votes)
  • Lance Lynn (11%, 10 Votes)
  • Shelby Miller (7%, 6 Votes)
  • other (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Jake Westbrook (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 90

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Which starter will have the lowest ERA?

  • Garcia (38%, 28 Votes)
  • Wainwright (36%, 27 Votes)
  • Miller (14%, 10 Votes)
  • Lynn (8%, 6 Votes)
  • Westbrook (3%, 2 Votes)
  • other (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 74

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Who will lead the Cardinals in saves?

  • Jason Motte (42%, 33 Votes)
  • Trevor Rosenthal (31%, 24 Votes)
  • Mitchell Boggs (19%, 15 Votes)
  • Joe Kelly (6%, 5 Votes)
  • Fernando Salas (1%, 1 Votes)
  • other (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 78

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13 Responses to “Polls: St. Louis Cardinals pitching leaders in 2013”

  1. blingboy says:

    I voted Lynn, Lynn and Motte. The reason being the most likely thing to happen in the future is what has happened in the past.

  2. blingboy says:

    It is good to see Kozma and Robinson staying hot with the bat.

    Maybe tonight Jackson will get the start at 2B.

  3. blingboy says:

    Before Garcia ran out of gas in the 6th he looked like the Garcia that pitches at home in Busch. I sure hope he stays healthy.

    Wonder what they thought of our 8th inning guy?

    Now lets see how they like facing our #3 starter, 18 game winning all star, fit Lance.

  4. blingboy says:

    Nice can-o-corn to left for Wiggy. That after getting the call on a two strike pitch too close to take. Which came after waving at a curve ball like he’d never seen one before. Which came after looking at one right down broadway.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Nothing like Old Wiggy as a lightening rod for our anger. Maybe this is why Mo hired him. Mike and Mo need a fall guy.

      It always seems like there is a long game early in a season. It stinks when we lose.

      The positives were Descalso collected 4 hits, Adams 3, Molina drove in 3, and Super Pete had a 3 total bases. On the negative side, Lynn and Kelly got knocked around. Since April has a tough schedule, we could have used the W.

  5. Bw52 says:

    It happens.Its a long season.Still it would be nice for a starter to go a bit deeper.

  6. blingboy says:


    Several pitchers looked pretty bad. Kelly was very hittable. Rosey struggled, needing 39 pitches for 2 IP and giving a run. It was his first ever back to back games, but he didn’t take to it. Boggs blew it. Salas was ok, but unable to go beyond 2 IP, which a middle reliever needs to be able to do.

  7. blingboy says:

    Jumbo recently mentioned that Kozma takes to the bigs like a duck to water.

    I thought it worth pointing out that he only does that when the TLR/AP regime doesn’t rule the roost. Pete’s 2011 debut was not impressive. Significant? I don’t know, but it was said to be a difficult, if not unwelcoming, environment for a rookie.

    On the other hand, Jackson apparently found the new environment was not a bed of roses.

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