Time will tell if the Cardinals bold moves to acquire Mark DeRosa and Matt Holliday pay off, but at least one National League executive thinks they improved the Cardinals from an also ran to the best team in baseball.
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal writes:
An NL general manager made two surprising predictions Tuesday. He said that the Rockies would win the NL West and that the Cardinals would win the World Series.
The Rockies, the GM said, were not great in any one area, but very good in virtually every one. The Dodgers, meanwhile, are short on starting pitching and unlikely to make a significant addition to their rotation.
Their offense has been bolstered by the additions of Matt Holiday, Mark DeRosa and Julio Lugo, and their top three starting pitchers — Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright and Joel Pineiro — are as impressive as any in the league.
"I love (the Giants' Matt) Cain and (Tim) Lincecum," the GM said, "but are they really better than Carpenter and Wainwright?"
I still wish the Birds could find one more starter. But if they can manage to make the playoffs and things come together like they should, the Cardinals would be very tough to beat indeed.
Not only do they have Carpenter and Wainwright at the top of the rotation, but a healthy Kyle Lohse is one of the best third starters in the game. And that frees Joel Pineiro, the best ground ball inducing pitcher in the NL this season, to join the bullpen and be the righty manager Tony La Russa craves.