St. Louis Cardinals Rotation: Where Does It Rank Among Best in Past 25 Years?

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St. Louis Cardinals Rotation: Where Does It Rank Among Best in Past 25 Years?
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On Sunday afternoon, Jaime Garcia and the St. Louis Cardinals will attempt a sweep of their series with the Colorado Rockies, one in which the bullpen hasn't even been called upon.

That's because Shelby Miller and Adam Wainwright combined to shut the Rockies' powerful offense down with two consecutive one-hit marvels.

This is a Rockies team that came into the series leading the National League with 169 runs scored. We're not talking about the Cardinals dominating a weak lineup.

The Cardinals' starting rotation is in uncharted territory right now—with Miller and Wainwright's effort, St. Louis tied the major league by setting down 40 opposing hitters in order, first accomplished by the Texas Rangers in 1996.

Garcia hasn't exactly been a slouch, winning his last three games and posting a 1.25 ERA. Considering the Rockies' current woes, Garcia stands a better-than-even chance of at least continuing the Cardinals' dominance.

The current starting five for the Cardinals have certainly put together an amazing first quarter, but where does it rank historically among the great rotations over the past 25 years?

Let's take a look.

 

Note: Statistics courtesy of FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference.

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