Late last night/early this morning, we posted our 1982/2011 Cards and Brewers roster mash-ups.
The idea behind this undertaking is to find the best players, hitters, and pitchers from the 1982 and 2011 Milwaukee Brewers teams and make a roster with them – same for the 1982 and 2011 Cardinals.
Now it’s time for the pitchers…
|1982/2011 Cardinals||1982/2011 Brewers|
|RHP Joaquin Andujar||RHP Shaun Marcum|
|RHP Chris Carpenter||LHP Randy Wolf|
|RHP Bob Forsch||RHP Pete Vuckovich|
|RHP Kyle Lohse||RHP Yovani Gallardo|
|RHP John Stuper||LHP Mike Caldwell|
|RHP Fernando Salas||RHP John Axford|
|RHP Doug Bair||RHP Rollie Fingers|
|LHP Dave LaPoint||RHP Zack Greinke|
|RHP Bruce Sutter||RHP Jim Slaton|
|RHP Jason Motte||RHP Francisco Rodriguez|
What, then, to make of these groups?
First glance gives the starting pitching advantage to the Redbirds on the strength of Andujar and Carpenter – particularly when you’re only using three or four starters in a seven game series.
Bullpen nod is probably to the Brewers with Greinke, Fingers, and Axford able to provide a formidable shut-down Crew.
An injury-shortened 2011 pushes Greinke to the bullpen, but boy what a weapon there.
You’ll also note that I’m carrying fifteen position players/batters and only ten pitchers for each squad. Well, that’s because there are guys like Sutter, Bair, Fingers, and Slaton around. Relievers who can throw multiple innings, maybe even a three-inning save here and there.
The Cards have no left-handed starting pitchers, the Brewers with no left-handers in the bullpen. Both have pretty good long men in LaPoint and Greinke.
What say you, Cardinal and Brewer fans? Agree or disagree with these staffs? Let me know in the comments below!