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2013 Projections vs. 2012 Actuals and 2012 Projections - St. Louis Cardinals Pitching
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Innings. The Forecaster is playing it down the middle in terms of innings workload. Adam Wainwright and Jake Westbrook will push 200 innings, with Jaime Garcia a seemingly-optimistic 175. Chris Carpenter and Lance Lynn share the next tier at 145 frames while the three 2012 rookies, Shelby Miller, Joe Kelly and Trevor Rosenthal all slotted at about 100.
Wins. In no surprise, Wainwright is penciled in as the win leader, but only with 16. Other double-digit winners expected include Lynn, Westbrook and Garcia. Miller falls just short at nine, which would have to be considered pretty spectacular given his innings projection. Carp and Kelly are at seven each. In other words, wins are spread among many.
ERA. Those expected to see considerably higher ERAs include Mitchell Boggs, Randy Choate, Kelly and Rosenthal. Lower ERAs may come from Garcia, Miller and Wainwright as well as bouncebacks from Marc Rzepczynski and Fernando Salas. Still, with Westbrook's ERA highest at 4.12, the overall story is good in arguably the most important pitching category.
WHIP. A majority of the staff is expected to allow slightly more baserunners in 2013. Boggs is expected to have the biggest negative change, with Choate and Carpenter also considerably worse. Those forecasted to improve include Miller, Salas and Wainwright. Motte continues to be the stingiest on the club in terms of allowing baserunners.
Strikeouts. Though the Cardinals were not a strikeout team in the first place, there is expected to be erosion across the board in 2013. Garcia and Carpenter may be the only notable exceptions, and their increases would be dependant on the shaky assumption of better health than in 2012.
The departed. Not surprisingly, Kyle Lohse is expected to return to a more normal season for him in 2013, though his ultimate destination remains unknown.
While the hitting projections could cause concern, the numbers for the 2013 Cardinals pitchers are a mixed bag, but overall positive. With the exception of Mitchell Boggs, the bullpen looks fine, while the rotation offers a number of solid performers with few standouts.
For graciously sharing their data as they do each year at this time, thank you again to Ron Shandler and BaseballHQ.com.
Part one: "BaseballHQ Predicts 2013 Cardinals Hitters"
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