Pitching is important. No, wait – here me out! No matter how good the ace of a given staff might be, every team sends out somebody to start all 162 games in a year. Teams rarely start the season with the same guys that finish the season making starts. It takes guys. Lots of guys.
The St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series in 2011, you might be surprised to recall. They did so without one of their best guys as Adam Wainwright missed all of last year with injury. The Cards acquired Edwin Jackson at the trade deadline (famously!) and rode their strong bullpen to the World Series title in dramatic fashion.
Coming into 2012, the Cardinals looked spoiled for rotation options. But with Carpenter’s bulging disk issue as yet unresolved, the Cardinals decided to stretch out former-starter-turned-playoff-bullpen-stalwart Lance Lynn for the rest of Spring Training.
Lynn got a lot of love here at Getting Blanked during the playoff chase thanks to his starter’s arsenal of pitches. He looks like a starter. He pitches like a starter. He was a starter in the minor leagues. He should, by all rights, be a starter. The Cardinals have plenty of options for starters, including top prospect Shelby Miller. Miller and Lynn figure to fight it out for the chance to make some early season starts should Big Carp need more time to rest his back/neck.
What does this mean for the Cardinals bullpen? Not much! They’re still a deep group, lead by bearded closer Jason Motte and Marc Rzepczynski, currently weeping in his locker that he didn’t get the call to stretch out and return to his Jaime Garcia-esque destiny as a great ground ball starter.
And the Rest
In spite of what is written above, the Nationals think they have too many starters and want to trade John Lannan. They want a center fielder. I want a pony. [ESPN]
Kevin Goldstein’s organizational rankings are out. Get dirty with the finest prospect pr0n. [Baseball Prospectus]
Succinct Moneyball review. It is amazing. [Chainsawsuit]
Clay Buchholz – key to all the Red Sox hopes and dreams. [OTM]
Answer Dave with some exxxclusive footage of Yoenis Cespedes’ first spring home run. [BLS]
Today in OriLOLes – Kevin Gregg still wants to close. [Baltimore Sun]
Julio Teheran gave up six home runs in his first spring start. He did a little bit better his next time out.
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