Let the rest of the baseball world be surprised to see rookie pitchers dominating for the Cardinals. Around St. Louis, we've been watching it since April.
Heck, Michael Wacha, Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal combined to shut out the Dodgers in the clincher of the NL Championship Series just last Friday.
Now what was surprising about the Cardinals' 4-2 victory in Game 2 of the World Series Thursday night was their seventh-inning offense. The manner in which the Cardinals' battled for three runs was no less impressive than the pitching performance turned in by the trio of young 20-somethings.
Talk about maximizing opportunities. With the bottom of the order doing most of the damage, the Cardinals used two walks, a double steal, a sacrifice fly, a pair of singles and a botched play by the Red Sox to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead that became a must-have victory for St. Louis.
Without those runs, the efforts of the rookie pitchers likely go wasted. Without those runs, th...