Despite Injuries, Cards Roster Looks Tough


 

The St.Louis Cardinals have announced their roster for the National League Division Series against the Pirates.

The Cards will have twelve pitchers, none a belly itcher.  Well, except Lance Lynn–I can see the Bucs jumping him tomorrow night, Cueto style.  Damn this is a young group of arms!   The one area where the Bucs could have an advantage is in the bullpen and the second of course is defense.  But still, the Cards are young and talented, experienced and poised.

But remember this.  The series is 10-9.  The Pirates started James McDonald, Jonathan Sanchez, and Kris Johnson in September against the Redbirds.

The pitchers are:

 Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, Joe  Kelly, Shelby Miller, Michael Wacha, Trevor Rosenthal, Kevin SiegristCarlos Martinez, Seth Maness, John Axford, Randy Choate, Edward Mujica

The Cards will have 13 position players.  And, Mr. Craig isn’t on the roster.  That’s a tough blow.  The Cards have battled some serious injuries this season.  The real challenge for the Bucs pitchers will be getting the dynamic Cards offense out.

The Cardinals somehow had six regular players with OPS over .800.  It’s hard to fathom.  The team was led by Matt Holliday’s .879 and Matt Carpenter’s .873.

Carpenter, the guy with no batting gloves, scored 126 runs thanks to the boppers behind him in the lineup.  He had 199 hits and 55 doubles sparking talk of MVP for the Redbirds second baseman.

The position players are:

Yadier Molina, Tony CruzMatt Adams, Matt Carpenter, Pete Kozma, Daniel Descalso, Kolten WongDavid Freese, Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, Carlos Beltran, Shane RobinsonAdron Chambers

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