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Despite the fact that he appears to struggle to find matching pants, Dave Duncan is a massive thorn in the side of the NL Central. Year after year, he takes garbage pitchers and turns them into quality start machines.
If you think the Cubs pitchers are off to a good start, here are the Cardinals starting pitcher's numbers. ERA 2.08, WHIP 1.115, 6-1 record. Yikes.
There really has been only one bad start for them this year with Todd Wellemeyer giving up five runs in five innings to the Pirates last week which make the numbers that much more impressive.
Now the teams that they have played at the Pirates and Astros who don't look like much this year, but rest assured, this staff will be tough thanks to Duncan's leadership.
It's very frustrating as an opposing fan to see guys like Wellemeyer, Joel Pinero, and Kyle Lohse take the mound and pitch well when any Cubs, Royals, Mariners, Red Sox, Twins, Phillies, and Reds will tell you horror stories about seeing those three pitch for their teams.
Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright are the only guys on that team who should win games.
I haven't played organized baseball since I was 11, but I feel quite confident that I could win about 12 games with about a 4.10 ERA with Dave Duncan as my pitching coach.
My only concern would be that there appears to be a higher risk of death during the season that comes with pitching for the Cardinals.
I know I'm not alone in my hopes that Duncan will retire soon and let the Todd Wellemeyer's of the world suck like they're supposed to.