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There has been a trio of St. Louis Cardinals pitchers that have drastically stepped up their games as ace pitcher Adam Wainwright is a little rusty, getting off to a 0-3 start recovering from Tommy John surgery.
The first pitcher that has really stepped up as an ace for this staff is 33-year-old Kyle Lohse. Lohse is 4-0 with a 1.62 ERA while putting up 21 strikeouts to just six walks in the six games he has started.
This fast start is similar to the 2011 season, where Lohse started 7-2 with a 2.32 ERA through his first 11 starts, but trailed off as the season progressed finishing 14-8 with a 3.39 ERA.
Lohse is the top dog right now in this rotation and with Chris Carpenter out until June and Wainwright still struggling, Lohse will only continue to get better.
Even better for the Cardinals has been Lance Lynn, who in four starts is 4-0 with 24 strikeouts to just four walks. Lynn has not allowed more than one earned run in any of his starts. He has quickly become one of the better pitchers in the NL and is only 24.
The third guy in this trio who has helped the Cardinals to the second-lowest team ERA in all of Major League Baseball, is 34-year-old Jake Westbrook, who is 3-1 in four starts with a 1.30 ERA. He has not turned his career around just yet, but he has shown thus far he can be very dominant against right-handed batters.
The pitching is a big reason why the St. Louis Cardinals are off to a very good start and rank in the top five in most major pitching categories in MLB.
Things can only get better once Adam Wainwright's arm recovers to full strength and Carpenter returns in the next couple months.