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How Does the Cardinals' Rotation Compare to the Reds'?
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As the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds face off in 2013 and battle for the National League Central Division title, the two starting rotations could play a larger role than they typically do.

With the Cardinals losing both Chris Carpenter and Kyle Lohse, they have to depend more on the “young guns” in their organization. While that might sound like a weakness, don’t be too fast to judge.

The Cardinals have had an intense competition during spring training for just the fifth starter's job. As a result, they will be sending pitchers to the minor leagues that other teams would love to have on their major league rosters.

The Cardinals and Reds face each other 19 times in 2013, including four games in Cincinnati the first week of September that could be a turning point in the season for either team. Of the 19 games, nine will be in St. Louis and 10 in Cincinnati.

Following is a breakdown of how the two rotations look side-by-side and who has the advantage.

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