Found June 03, 2013 on The Sports Bank:
The St Louis Cardinals were mocked for most of the 2000’s for having a lackluster minor league system. As of today it is one of if not the best systems in baseball. Suck it, Cubs fans. Unlike the rivals to the north, the St Louis Cardinals have pitching depth that could lead the team to success far beyond 2013. There was supposed to be drop in play this season with age and a regression to the mean forecasted. Heading into June, St. Louis has the best record in baseball without three starting pitchers and one of the best closers from 2012. Chris Carpenter, Jaime Garcia, Jake Westbrook, and Jason Motte have all missed significant time in 2013. Westbrook may be back by July, and Carpenter is trying to make a comeback as a reliever. Garcia and Motte are done until at least 2014. So who has stepped up to toe the rubber for the Cards? Carry-overs Trevor Rosenthal and Joe Kelly continue to solidify the bullpen, with Rosenthal being trusted to hold the lead leading up to new closer Edward ...
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