Starting rotation options for St. Louis Cardinals.

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Rotation Decisions Ahead For Cardinals: Who Stays, Who Goes?

Alex Reyes and Carlos Martinez will soon return from the DL, but what will the starting rotation look like then?

May 25, 2018 - 12:00 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - It's a decision that only became tougher after Jack Flaherty's most recent start – on Sunday he struck out 13 in seven and two-thirds innings. As the youngest and least proven of the St. Louis Cardinals six capable starters, he would have been the likely candidate to head back to triple-A, but now it's not that easy.

When two of the Cardinals top-of-the-rotation arms return, in Alex Reyes (likely on Tuesday in Milwaukee) and Carlos Martinez (questionable to return late next week), St. Louis will have a major surplus of starting pitching. So what will Mike Matheny, Mike Girch and John Mozeliak do? 

We posed the same question to our Facebook followers earlier this week:

And on last night's episode of The Strike Zone on KMOX, our Chris Hrabe talked about the same issue with Ryan Fagan of the Sporting News:

Fagan believes Flaherty will still be the pitcher likey to leave the rotation and will be sent back to Memphis to keep to a regular starting schedule. That's the same reason why Michael Wacha, Luke Weaver nor Reyes will become bullpen arms – they need to keep to regular starting schedule for their long-term success. 

Although the Cardinals look to have the pieces to pull off a six-man rotation, Hrabe points out, Mozeliak has previously stated that he's not a fan. In fact, he'd be more likely to try a four-man rotation.

You can listen to their full conversation here: