Feldman: Cards have rare opportunity with starting rotation

Feldman: Cards have rare opportunity with starting rotation

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ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 17: Starter Shelby Miller #40 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium on June 17, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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by Brian Feldman / BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on November 17, 2013 at 1:40 PM

(BaseballStL) -- In the midst of all the Hot Stove rumors swirling around Major League Baseball involving the Cardinals and every single shortstop known to man, there's a connection in almost all of them.  They involved Cards pitching.
 
Specifically, their top pitchers like Shelby Miller, Carlos Martinez and others.
 
My take on the situation?  It would be foolish to part with either of those two.  In fact, it'd be foolish to part with any of their top pitching (Trevor Rosenthal included).  Why?  It's because it's easy to forget this baseball team just went to the World Series and took the Red Sox to Game 6 with - shall we say - less than stellar production at the position.
 
They don't need a superstar there.  They just don't.  I'm sure GM John Mozeliak would take a league average regular there and be more than happy to call it a day.  And it would take trading either Miller or Martinez to get someone such as Troy Tulowitzki or another one of the top guys out there.
 
The Cards have a rare opportunity here.  They have a chance to field a starting rotation next season featuring four - yes, FOUR - legitimate front of the rotation starters.  Adam Wainwright (proven), Michael Wacha (about as proven as you can get for someone with his level of experience), Shelby Miller (terrific rookie season and will only improve) and Carlos Martinez (took the league by storm in the postseason).
 
There's no substituting something that dynamic in October.  Would it be cool to see the Cardinals trot out someone like Troy Tulowitzki or another top of the line shortstop in 2014?  Sure it would.  Fans love to play baseball on paper.
 
But in reality this team just doesn't need it.  It would like it.  But it doesn't need it.
 
Starting pitching sets the tone of any game.  If your starter goes out there and just flat out blows away the other team it means more to the game than anything else that could happen.  Games start with, by definition, starting pitching.
 
The Cards would be incredibly foolish to walk away from a chance to field a rotation featuring four potential aces.  It may not work out that way.  But all four have ace stuff.
 
And that gives them a better chance to win than a shortstop who gets just three or four at-bats a game.

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