Cards scouting pays off in postseason

Cards scouting pays off in postseason

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DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 18: Trevor Rosenthal #26 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the eighth inning of a game at Coors Field on September 18, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

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by Brian Feldman, Baseball StL

KMOV.com

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 7:53 PM

 (BaseballStL) -- Michael Wacha? A 22-year-old rookie taken in the first round of the 2012 draft, Carlos Martinez? A 22-year-old rookie signed as a free agent out of the Dominican Republic.  Trevor Rosenthal?  A 23-year-old rookie taken in the 21st round of the 2009 draft.

Folks, the Cardinals have been building their scouting department for years and it is now paying huge dividends.  In fact, the Cards are the first team in postseason history to throw three pitchers all age 23 or younger.

Not bad.  And to top it all off they made big pitches against the Pirates with - not just the game - but their entire season on the line.

“That’s what it’s all about.  That’s what you dream of,” Rosenthal said. “You dream of bottom of the ninth, bases loaded with the best man at the plate and getting out of that spot.  Luckily the bases weren’t loaded but it was a great opportunity to be in that situation.”

Injured pitcher Chris Carpenter knows all about dominating in these tight situations.  He has made his career in moments like the ones Wacha, Martinez and Rosenthal thrived in Monday night.

“You just watched three young kids out there tonight in their early 20s in the biggest game of their lives with no room for error go out and dominate a game.  It was a pleasure to be a part of, a pleasure to watch and I’m not sure you’re going to see another one like it,” Carpenter said.

If history is any indication you might not.  But given the Cardinals recent success with scouting?  Anything is possible.

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