Still, all in all, it was a good day. Skip had 2 hits. Rasmus went 3 for 6 w/ a double and a walk (I count walks in my statements about them reaching base – Rasmus had 2 hits plus a walk in 6 PAs. That’s 3 for 6 in my book). Ankiel was 3 for 4 w/ a double on what Goold called a generous call by the official scorer. Blake Hawksworth and Royce Ring pitched well. Yes, I know it’s just 1 exhibition game but it’s good to have signs of optimism.
In case you haven’t seen it yet, jd is legend has our first power rankings up and he made much of my heresy (or is it blasphemy) at ranking the Cards just 17th – lowest among us all. Apparently the rest of my ranking sucked as well since my average error was the greatest. Maybe it’s just that no one else appreciates the true genius of my rankings. Whatever it is, I really don’t want to be known as the resident pessimist but, in all honesty, I just don’t have a lot of confidence in the Cards’ starting rotation. If they don’t pitch well, we’re going to be in trouble. (I also don’t have a good feeling about Glaus’ ability to stay healthy this year – contract year or not.)
So I wanted to take a look at the division’s starting rotations and their projected WAR. To help me calculate WAR, I used Sky Kalkman’s (of BtB fame) WAR spreadsheet. I used BP’s projected starting rotations from their depth chart page and took the average of the PECOTA and CHONE projections for each pitcher’s ERA and IP.