Just over a week ago we looked into the Cardinals reported interest in free agent starter Jake Odorizzi. Speaking for myself the conclusion was that starting pitching is volatile and the Cardinals have a lot of question marks. A player like Odorizzi could add some more depth to the rotation when inevitably the pitching gets tested.
It looks like that is already happening, too.
Shildt says Miles Mikolas is set to throw a side session “this weekend,” and they’ll assess from there. So that’ll be at least a week of rest from his last throw. Doesn’t sound like a clear timeframe for him to face hitters again quite yet.— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) March 2, 2021
You might recall less than a year ago Miles Mikolas suffering from a forearm strain to start the condensed season. In the rotation after Mikolas there is Jack Flaherty, the Cardinals best pitcher right now, Adam Wainwright, the long-time ace, Kwang-hyun Kim in his second season with the team, and then anyone’s guess between Alex Reyes returning from injury, Carlos Martínez, who struggled mightily in 2020, and maybe Dakota Hudson or Daniel Ponce De Leon. It starts getting murky toward the fourth and fifth spots.
It does not have to be this way, though. Jake Odorizzi is a free agent. He has been pretty much a consistently average starter since taking on the role in 2014, good to provide around 150 or so innings a season. The Cardinals should sign him, or a player like him. Until then, I will keep writing posts like this, I swear.
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