ST. LOUIS (AP) — At the trade deadline in July, the Cardinals appeared to be in the market for starting pitching. Instead, St. Louis stood pat and trusted their young arms.
That trust paid off — in a trip to the World Series.
Led by NLCS MVP Michael Wacha, the group of 20-somethings has formed a core of one of the best staffs in the major leagues.
Wacha outpitched Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw twice in the NLCS, including in a 9-0 win in Game 6 on Friday night.
Ace Adam Wainwright says the kid has been so good he wouldn't be surprised if Wacha was on the mound for Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday at the Boston Red Sox.