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Without the big bat of former first baseman Albert Pujols in the lineup and five position players over the age of 30, the St. Louis Cardinals desperately need their pitching staff to lead the team, and so far it has. Cardinals starters have given up just two runs in their first five starts of the spring and a combined 10 innings. Kyle Lohse gave up a homerun to Miami Marlins infielder Greg Dobbs in the second inning of the Cardinals first game of the spring. Shelby Miller also gave up a run to the Washington Nationals in the first inning of Wednesday’s game. Other than that the team’s starters have been flawless. Their success is particularly vital considering uncertainty surrounds the Cardinals two best pitchers: Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter. Wainwright dominated in his first game, holding the New York Mets scoreless Tuesday in his two innings of work. That outing was a huge step for Wainwright and will hopefully propel him into the regular season with no lingering concerns...
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