Just about the only thing the St. Louis Cardinals’ collection of superior young pitchers doesn’t do well is grow playoff beards.
“It’s a little bit embarrassing,” said Michael Wacha the other day, after surveying the Boston Red Sox, whose team meeting has the look of a lumberjack convention.
There’s a reason, of course, for Wacha’s selfconsciousness. See, most of them have hardly started to grow whiskers.
We point to Thursday’s 4-2 victory in Boston in which Wacha, 22, started and pitched six innings, followed by Carlos Martinez, also 22, who tossed two scoreless and Trevor Rosenthal, 23, who closed it out with three ninth-inning strikeouts on 11 pitches.
In a sport where nobody ever has enough quality young arms, the Cardinals have an embarrassment of riches.
Their starting rotation is composed of veteran Adam Wainwright and three guys making, essentially, entry-level wages at $500,000 a season. By Wainwright’s admission, Wacha is already