By Jeff Abeln, News 4 Sports
It’s an opportunity millions and millions of kids dream about, but few actually get, to be a starting pitcher for your hometown Major League team. But because of hard work, persistence and a great attitude St. Louisan Kyle McClellan gets that opportunity tonight as he’ll take the ball for the Redbirds. In the past 100 years there have only been nine pitchers who were born and raised in either St. Louis or St. Louis County to start a game for the Cardinals.
As a fifth starter I believe McClellan can and will have success. Think about it, your fifth starter is a guy that if he wins 10-12 games it’s considered an outstanding season, if Matt Holliday comes back quickly and Albert Pujols can get going, McClellan should have enough offense to win at least 10 games. I think the only question surrounding McClellan is will his arm fatigue as the season progresses? Being a bullpen guy most of his big league career McClellan usually never pitched more than a few innings in a game, but now that he’s thrust into a starting role, the Hazelwood West grad must go five, six, seven or more innings.