The Cardinals are ten games into this already exciting 2012 season. With a record of 7-3, it looks like we’re in for a fun summer with our favorite team!
So what’s stood out as excellent so far this young season?
The rotation. With the exception of Adam Wainwright’s performance at the home opener, the starters have been spectacular.
Check out this little piece of information from Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch:
…All seven wins have gone to the starting pitcher for that days game. Only once, in Cincinnati last Thursday, has the starter not received the decision, win or loss. But that’s not the record.
Plunging into his dizzying database of Cardinals’ facts and figures, historian Tom Orf uncovered the fact that this is the first rotation in Cardinals history to have seven starts with four or fewer hits allowed in the first 10 games. They are:
Kyle Lohse at Miami — 7 1/3 IP, 2 HA
Adam Wainwright at Milwaukee — 5 2/3 IP, 4 HA
Lance Lynn at Milwaukee — 6 2/3 IP, 2 HA
Westbrook at Cincinnati — 7 IP, 3 HA
Lohse at Cincinnati — 6 IP, 4 HA
Lynn vs. Cubs — 5 1/3 IP, 4 HA
Westbrook vs. Cubs — 7 IP, 4 HA
Also? The bullpen is a lot better than it was this time last season! The Closer, Jason Motte, has two saves. He’s given up one run and struck out five. Recall last season’s closer and you will understand my happiness!
How about our hitters?
David Freese, Yadi Molina and Carlos Beltran are tied for the team lead in homers with three dingers each. Matt Carpenter is having a break out season with the opportunity to fill in for Lance Berkman. On Sunday, Matty Carp was 4-for-4, 5 RBIs, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 run. I saw Matt play in Memphis last summer and can tell you this guy has dramatically improved his game. The guy doesn’t want to go back to Memphis! And he should not!
The only puzzler in our hitters is that of Tyler Greene. All off season, fans were told he was going to step up his game and prove what a talent he has been hiding from us all these years. Daniel Descalso has gotten more starts at second base and it’s for obvious reasons. The guy can flat out play second. The guy can hit. I really wanted TG to have a break out season. Seriously. I was prepared to start a fan club. But the guy needs more work. He can’t be optioned to Memphis. He needs to step up his game. NOW!
The Cardinals kick off, so to speak, a series with the Cincinnati Reds tonight. Fan fave Johnny Cueto will pitch for the Reds as Kyle Lohse will take the mound for the Cardinals.
Let’s keep this great play going, guys!
Miranda Remaklus is lead St. Louis Cardinals contributor to Aaron Miles’ Fastball. She’s also senior reporter for Aerys Offsides in the NFL section. Follow her on Twitter, @missmiranda.