Chris Carpenter chucked innings in between the regular season and playoffs, including one of the best pitching performances in franchise history in the deciding game of the NLDS, against Roy Halladay and the mighty Phillies; the Cardinals have lost him indefinitely to a nerve injury.
Adam Wainwright won 39 games with a combined 2. Even without Pujols, even if Carpenter misses months and not weeks, even if Wainwright takes a while to return to form, the Cardinals are a good team with a legitimate chance to win the NL Central. For that they can thank their starting pitching depth. Jaime Garcia has quietly developed into one of the top lefty starters in the game, ranking 13th among all SPs over the past two seasons with a 3. Kyle Lohse looks weird as an Opening Day starter, but he parlayed elite control two walks per nine innings into a solid campaign 3.
Lance Lynn struggled in his most recent spring training start, but has otherwise looked promising as the Cardinals stretch him out from success reliever to viable starter.
One-time starter Marc Rzepczynski also lingers in the pen, should the Cards decide to try an in-season conversion. Louis should contend again this year. A healthy Carlos Beltran. Meanwhile, the Opening Day bullpen goes from Ryan Franklin and Miguel Batista holding down the late innings to 99 mph fastball wielder Jason Motte and a deep stable of great, young arms doing the job.
Since , World Series winners have declined by an average of 7. Sounds about right to me. And that was before B. Upton collided with Desmond Jennings earlier this month, which might knock Upton out of the Opening Day lineup.
So why back Tampa Bay? As many quality starting pitching options as the Cardinals, Yankees, and Rangers might have, no team can match the Rays in that department. The offense figures to improve too. The bullpen also has a chance to be the deepest in team history, with Kyle Farnsworth and Joel Peralta returning after big first seasons with the Rays and a wealth of promising young arms such as Jake McGee and Brandon Gomes primed to handle the middle innings and set-up roles.
So why bet the Rays? No team shifts defensively more than the Rays. No team pays closer attention to matchups than the Rays, up to and including starting same-handed hitters against certain pitchers with reverse splits, something few other teams would even consider.
Over the years, there have been some fantastic National Championships played between the top two tea. After blowing their week 2 opponent completely out of the water and getting set to face a clearly in. Wednesday,September 12, 4: Ag I had never placed a sports bet in my life. The ability to placed bets on a mobile device is terrific. But it has so many more sports available to the bettor, including entertainment and awards catageories Emmy awards, etc.
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