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Before the season began, ESPN ranked the Cardinals' farm system as the best in baseball.
As the 2013 season has rolled on, the Cardinals have had to use that No. 1 farm system to keep their hot start to the 2013 season rolling.
With the bullpen being a mess to start the season, the Cardinals called rookies Seth Maness and Carlos Martinez to step up and hold leads.
Both have done a nice job, given the circumstances. The Mets have roughed both up during this series, but overall, they have answered the call.
It is a nice luxury to be able to bring up power arms and plug them into the bullpen and have them get outs and hold leads. Neither had been to the Big Show before, but both have just reared back and let the ball fly and have found early success.
The other benefit of the Cardinals' pitching depth is that Mitchell Boggs and Marc Rzepczynski can take some time in Memphis to get themselves right and not have to be rushed back to the big league club.
Additionally, the Cardinals were able to reach into the cupboard and bring up lefty starter John Gast to replace injured starter Jake Westbrook. While he got a ton of run support in his debut, Gast did manage to pitch six innings and get his first major league win in a 10-4 victory against the Mets on Tuesday.
Mike Matheny must rest a little easier knowing he is just a phone call away to fill any hole that may come up this season.