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Joe Kelly has saved the Cardinals’ rotation

Sep 2, 2013, 1:18 PM EST

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For most of this season the Cardinals did everything they could to avoid putting Joe Kelly into the rotation, using him as a reliever for the first three months.

Injuries finally forced them to move him into the rotation in early July and he’s been fantastic ever since, going 7-0 with a 2.16 ERA in 10 starts. And he’s done that while the rest of the Cardinals’ rotation has fallen apart, with Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post Dispatch crunching the numbers to find that St. Louis’ non-Kelly starters have gone 19-18 with a 4.76 ERA during that same span.

Kelly’s secondary numbers are very underwhelming, including a 34/25 K/BB ratio in 58 innings and a .241 opponents’ batting average, but he’s served up just four homers in 247 plate appearances and has given up more than two runs just twice in 10 starts.

  1. fearlessleader - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:28 PM

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  2. okwhitefalcon - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    The Cards bullpen has been outstanding in Kelly’s starts and the offense has got out to early leads, tons of double plays as well – one of the STL writers has the numbers, I’ll see if I can dig ‘em up.

    Wainwright doesn’t have much in Cincy early this afternoon so the trend appears to be continuing.

  3. jrod2go - Sep 2, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Clutch K has saved our asses since the AS break. What we really need is for Lynn to figure out whatever issues he’s had. I don’t worry about Waino but we can’t make Miller and Wacha shoulder too much of the load at this point; need to be able to rely on the vets.

    • gibbyfan - Sep 2, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      I think we are really going need Shelby come through—and I think he can……..Don’t see Lynn or Westbrook contributing too much in PS (if we get there).
      Whoever get in is going to have a tough time getting to those dodger pitchers—They sure did turn things around —of Course with 200M+ payroll its a little hard to miss

    • okwhitefalcon - Sep 2, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      Lynn had the same problems the last couple of months of last year, just seem to run out of gas. I suspect Miller’s into uncharted waters in regards to IP, not sure if he’s ever logged this many in his career before. They’ve “banked” some of Wacha’s innings so who knows how that’ll go, guess we’ll see tomorrow.

      Waino’s had nothing the last 2 starts so there is cause for concern, he’s got Pittsburgh next Saturday in STL and needs to right the ship – and fast.

      Woulda been nice to have the luxury of Lohse but that’s hindsight, they knew going in with what they had was a calculated risk.

      As stated in another thread, this is a team that needs to score early and often and provide breathing room for a shaky staff that’s extremely susceptible to the big inning.

      Not an easy task for a station to station lineup that lacks power….

      On the positive side, the schedule works in their favor – they’re much better at home with the splits to show for it.

      • gibbyfan - Sep 2, 2013 at 5:32 PM

        Let’s just hope thisis some kind of wierd, brief anomoly with Waino —which I’m sure it is –maybe just needs a little rest. THey mentioned today that he was hanging a lot out there.

        I have always been suspect of Lynn because he relied too much on his heater which seemed to lack movement—-but yes, he has been a winner but to me something seems unsustainable/ unreliable there. Dont feel that way about Kelly –he seems to have great movement and more.

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