Commentary

If You're Hardcore: Cardinals rotation in over its head

Updated: June 20, 2008, 2:07 PM ET
By Will Harris | Special to ESPN.com

The St. Louis Cardinals boast the National League's second-best record thanks to a rotation that has posted the league's third-best ERA despite a league-worst strikeout rate and injuries to no fewer than eight starting pitchers on the team's payroll. Chris Carpenter, Matt Clement and Mark Mulder have yet to pitch this year; all hope to return to action by August. Kyle Lohse and Braden Looper have been healthy all season, but Adam Wainwright is out with a finger injury, Joel Pineiro missed three weeks with a groin injury, Brad Thompson missed two months with elbow inflammation and now Todd Wellemeyer is missing a start with elbow woes. Even Anthony Reyes was hurt this week on the eve of his scheduled spot start in place of Wellemeyer. How have the Cardinals managed, and which of their starters besides rotation star Wainwright are good bets going forward?

ALSO SEE