Youth has been served this season for the Cardinals, as the prophecy of their top ranked minor league system was fulfilled. But moving forward, there are even more young Birds that have a chance to make a breakthrough impact next season.
The Cardinals have used 23 different pitchers this season as injuries plagued the staff early in the season and ineffectiveness has crept in the past month.
The St. Louis Cardinals had their choice of two pitchers to send to the minor leagues Friday when righthanded starter Jake Westbrook returned from injury.
The Cardinals promise on pitching via its much ballyhooed farm system has thus far delivered on promise. Is there a chance within a few years the Cardinals have a completely homegrown pitching staff?
Right-handed starter Adam Wainwright has been a leader on the St. Louis Cardinals staff for years as he became co-ace of the pitching rotation with Chris Carpenter, but the team needs Wainwright’s leadership now more than at any other time in his career.
The St. Louis Cardinals suffered the first crack in their best-in-baseball starting rotation Sunday when they placed Jake Westbrook on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation.
Right-hander fans 11 Cardinals in quick victory