The St. Louis Cardinals have, undoubtedly, been off to a great start. While lacking in some flair and pizzazz, the team have gotten to their current position with some timely hits, great defense, and solid work from the bullpen all around. There are some areas where the team needs improvement but that’s another topic for another time.
For now, we do need to give credit where it is due so I think it won’t be too farfetched to say that the Cards’ starting lineup have performed exceptionally of late. From the last few games, we’ve seen great effort from Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, John Lackey, Michael Wacha, and Carlos Martinez.
Wainwright, in particular, has been described as one of the major reasons the redbirds are currently in first place. His individual stats notwithstanding, his ability to adapt to different situations has given the team what it needs to win on any given game day.
Likewise, Lynn has also performed well with his repertoire of pitches. Many observers have no doubt that this player will eventually emerge as one of NL’s top pitchers soon enough.
Lackey and Wacha, meanwhile, have recovered from setbacks. Lackey has been under fire for some recent misplays while Wacha has missed a lot of games last season due to a stress reaction on his shoulder. Both have shown their tenacity and willingness to get back up after experiencing setbacks. Lackey managed to re-focus and recover from a lousy first inning. Wacha managed to put doubts about his pitching ability to rest with his performance on the mound.
Martinez, as a member of his first-ever rotation, has already been giving opposing batters hell with his pitches. In 13 innings, he has only allowed seven hits. Continuing his trajectory, he’s likely to be the next superstar to emerge from the Cards.