Why the St. Louis Cardinals Have Baseball's Best Starting Rotation

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Why the St. Louis Cardinals Have Baseball's Best Starting Rotation
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As the St. Louis Cardinals continue their dominance in 2013, they owe everything to their starting five.

Despite injuries, bullpen struggles and one of the toughest April schedules in baseball, the Cardinals continue to show that they have what it takes to succeed this season.

Their starting rotation boasts the lowest ERA among all teams in baseball (2.97). The division rival Cincinnati Reds are the closest behind them with an ERA of 3.20.

The rotation also has combined for the most wins (39), is tied for the best WHIP (1.19), most complete games (5), shutouts (4), second-lowest OBP (.293) and slugging percentage (.355).

The numbers say it all.

This rotation is making a serious statement and is arguably the best in baseball in 2013. Following are five reasons why.

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