The Cardinals have had many strong arms over the years. But I chose the following names on account of their dominance and reputation.
A Hall of Famer and another Cardinals number retiree (45), Gibson holds several MLB records including lowest ERA in an MLB season at 1.12. He was a strikeout pitcher, a two-time Cy Young Award winner and all-around unhittable.
"Gibby" has gone down as one of the best pitchers ever to play the game, making him the perfect ace.
Carpenter is probably the second name fans think of when it comes to Cardinals pitching. He ranks third all-time in Cardinals strikeouts (behind Gibson and Dizzy Dean) and has one Cy Young Award.
His tenacity has always taken him far, and his performance on this dream team would be no exception.
A member of the famous "Gashouse Gang" of 1934, Dean is known for his colorful personality. Like Gibson, he's a Hall of Famer and a Cardinals number retiree (17). He was an NL MVP winner and, as mentioned above, an all-time strikeout leader.
Dean would bring some liveliness to this rotation, balancing out Carpenter's serious disposition.
Playing in the '20s and '30s, Haines was an early knuckleballer. He spent his entire career with the Cardinals and had three 20-win seasons. He also brings to the table a no-hitter dating back to 1924 and a Hall of Fame label.
Haines would no doubt see some success with the run support made possible by this dream team's offense.
The current Cardinals ace is my final choice for this rotation. Beginning his career as a closer, he's been a part of many important, high-pressure moments in recent history including the final out of the 2006 World Series. After being converted to a starter, he narrowly missed out on a Cy Young Award in both 2009 and 2010.
He's a lifelong Cardinal and he's known as a sportsman, with a curveball that will punctuate most at-bats.
When it comes to shutting down a game, there's no one I'd rather have on the mound than Sutter. Known as one of the first pitchers to use the splitter, he has 300 career saves and an NL MVP to show for it. Sutter is in the Hall of Fame, and his number (42, alongside Jackie Robinson) has been retired by the Cardinals.
The most "lights-out" closer of the late '70s and early '80s would leave any manager confident in his bullpen.