St. Louis Cardinals righthanded starting pitcher Shelby Miller had to beat out Joe Kelly for the fifth and final spot in the rotation through somewhat of a spring training-long duel between the two pitchers in 2013, and Kelly faces a similar challenge that could produce a similar result in 2014.
For all that can be said about Matt Holliday, one thing that can’t be taken from him is his flair for the moment. In considering criticism of him, it is as important to measure the body of work, as it is the moment.
The heroics of Carlos Beltran in the month of October are nothing new. However, in last night’s game one of the National League Championship Series, he had his signature effort as a Cardinal during the season’s final month.
It was no secret that the key to winning game five of the National League Division Series would require a strong performance from Adam Wainwright. However, what he ultimately delivered was far more than just that.
One of the most debated elements to the late season, and now postseason, is the status of Edward Mujica. And now, the arm that was tasked with the majority of the most clutch moments of the year, is struggling to find relevance among the pitching staff.
The St. Louis Cardinals will be the National League Central Division champions as they enter the playoffs, but where they begin the postseason is still an important mystery.
The situation at the back end of the Cardinals’ bullpen four years later is nearly exactly the same.
The first week of spring training games always brings a mix of excitement and trepidation as pitchers take to the mound for the first time in a game atmosphere against real opponents.
National League Division Series To Generate Nearly $5.2 Million Per Game To St. Louis Region
The Cardinals have not played like a playoff team, but here they are.