5 Burning Questions for the St. Louis Cardinals

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Source: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images North America

The 2015 St. Louis Cardinals overcome much adversity — including injuries to key players Adam Wainwright, Matt Holliday, Matt Adams, and Yadier Molina — to win 100 games and take first place in a tough National League Central Division that also included the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs. The Cardinals, Pirates, and Cubs had the three best records in baseball, with the Cardinals leading the way from mid-April through the end of the season.

Unfortunately for the Cardinals, their luck ran out in the playoffs, as they lost to the Cubs in the first round of the playoffs, three games to one. And now, as the offseason sets in, they have quite a few questions related to free agency, injury, and suspension that need to be answered. Here are five of those questions:

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  1. STLfanSP

    Cooney is a lefty, not a righty. He is also a better choice to start than Gonzales despite the fact that Gonzales is more highly hyped. Cooney’s ERA in July – in the majors – was 2.48. (3.16 is with his fluke bad start in April, with FIP 3.58). Gonzales came in at 13.50 in 2015, and 4.15 in 2014 with FIP 4.75. He also can go deep into a game and produce the quality starts the team needs. Additionally, their fastballs clock the same, but Cooney has significantly better control/command. Cooney’s changeup is better and 3+ MPH faster than Gonzales, and it has higher number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ changeups. Cooney also has more movement on his breaking pitches – his curveball has a two-plane break, and his slider results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ sliders having primarily 12-6 movement and some two-plane movement. His sinker, while more rare, also generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ sinkers – it is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers’ sinkers and has slight armside run.
    Cooney is massively underrated.

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