The Cardinals’ starting pitchers have finally come back to Earth. I honestly thought this would happen in July or August, as Woody Williams, Chris Carpenter, Jeff Suppan, Jason Marquis, and Matt Morris–at least the last two years–have never been more than just average. But somehow, pitching coach Dave Duncan kept his starters performing at levels well above their career averages for the entire season.
Until this week. In three World Series games, no Cards’ starter has lasted five innings. That’s about what you’d expect from pitchers with career ERAs above 4.00 facing the Boston lineup.
What I wouldn’t give to have seen Carlos Zambrano, Kerry Wood, and Mark Prior on the mound instead of Williams, Morris, and Suppan.
The Red Sox and Cardinals are pretty evenly matched on offense. The difference in the World Series comes down to this: The Red Sox have Schilling and Martinez, and the Cardinals don’t.