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Tough acts to follow: Debuts have been solid for Rookie Redbird starters

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By John Bailey By John Bailey

(BaseballStL) -- If you’re a rookie pitcher, the St. Louis Cardinals are the team to play for. In 2013, 11 rookies have pitched for the Birds, and four of them have started. (I’m counting Shelby Miller in this since his only start was in October of last season).


Overall, Cards rookies have had tremendous debuts. Miller’s first on October 3, 2012 was a gem, as he carried a no hitter into the sixth. He lasted six innings, gave up one hit and didn’t yield a run, ending his first career start with a no decision.

This season, John Gast was the first rook to break into the rotation, going six innings and giving up four runs on six hits. He went home from his major league debut with a win.

Tyler Lyons got his shot a week later when, on May 22, he went seven innings against the Padres. He gave up a solitary run on four hits.

Then, a week after that, the much-anticipated debut of Michael Wacha resulted in a no decision despite the rookie going seven innings and allowing one run on two hits.

Cummulatively, the bar has been set high by rookie Redbirds. While Martinez will have several tough acts to follow when he takes the bump tonight, he certainly had a lot of good examples along the way.


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