With Joe Kelly earning his first 2013 win at Chicago on Friday, the right-hander became the ninth different St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher to claim a victory this season.
I asked researcher Tom Orf how that stacks up compared to other Cardinals seasons through 91 games played.
The nine winning starters tie the most by the team to this point in any season. Though it is not rare, having been accomplished 11 times in the past, the club has never featured ten winning starters through 91 games.
The first time for nine occurred in 1928, a World Series year, and the most recent was in 1998, for what became a third-place club.
St. Louis Cardinals, most different starting pitchers with wins through 91 games at nine
|2013||Adam Wainwright||12||Lance Lynn||11||Shelby Miller||9||Jake Westbrook||5||Jaime Garcia||5||Tyler Lyons||2||John Gast||2||Michael Wacha||1||Joe Kelly||1|
|1998||Todd Stottlemyre||9||Kent Mercker||5||Mark Petkovsek||3||Manny Aybar||3||Juan Acevedo||3||Cliff Politte||2||Donovan Osborne||1||Mike Busby||1||Kent Bottenfield||1|
|1994||Bob Tewksbury||10||Allen Watson||6||Rick Sutcliffe||5||Vicente Palacios||2||Rheal Cormier||2||Tom Urbani||1||Omar Olivares||1||Bryan Eversgerd||1||Rene Arocha||1|
|1980||Pete Vuckovich||8||Bob Forsch||7||Jim Kaat||4||Bob Sykes||3||John Fulgham||2||John Urrea||1||Roy Thomas||1||Silvio Martinez||1||Don Hood||1|
|1966||Bob Gibson||11||Ray Washburn||8||Al Jackson||7||Larry Jaster||4||Nelson Briles||3||Ray Sadecki||2||Tracy Stallard||1||Curt Simmons||1||Art Mahaffey||1|
|1952||Gerry Staley||12||Joe Presko||5||Cloyd Boyer||5||Vinegar Bend Mizell||4||Cliff Chambers||4||Harry Brecheen||4||Al Brazle||3||Eddie Yuhas||1||Willard Schmidt||1|
|1946||Howie Pollet||12||Harry Brecheen||7||Max Lanier||6||Murry Dickson||5||Ken Burkhart||3||Fred Martin||2||Johnny Beazley||2||Red Barrett||2||Al Brazle||1|
|1945||Red Barrett||11||Blix Donnelly||6||Ken Burkhart||6||Ted Wilks||4||Harry Brecheen||4||Jack Creel||3||Max Lanier||2||Mort Cooper||2||Bud Byerly||2|
|1943||Mort Cooper||13||Howie Pollet||8||Harry Gumbert||8||Max Lanier||5||Howie Krist||5||Ernie White||3||Red Munger||2||Murry Dickson||2||Al Brazle||1|
|1942||Mort Cooper||12||Lon Warneke||6||Johnny Beazley||5||Howie Pollet||4||Harry Gumbert||4||Ernie White||3||Max Lanier||2||Howie Krist||2||Murry Dickson||1|
|1936||Dizzy Dean||13||Roy Parmelee||9||Paul Dean||5||Jim Winford||4||Bill Walker||4||Bill Hallahan||2||Flint Rhem||1||Ed Heusser||1||Jesse Haines||1|
|1928||Jesse Haines||10||Pete Alexander||10||Bill Sherdel||9||Flint Rhem||8||Syl Johnson||4||Art Reinhart||2||Clarence Mitchell||2||Fred Frankhouse||2||Carlisle Littlejohn||1|
It goes without saying that to need so many starters, either injury, ineffectiveness or both must have occurred. In 2013, with Chris Carpenter, Jaime Garcia and John Gast out and Jake Westbrook having also spent time on the disabled list, it has been more of the former than latter.
With other new and old potential starters such as Carlos Martinez and Carpenter on the win horizon as well as the potential of a trade bolstering the rotation for the second half, this total of nine has a chance to grow.
The Cardinals high in recent years was 13 starters with wins – in that aforementioned 1998 season – and 11 in 2002, a first-place campaign.
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