The first month of the season has certainly been a productive one for the Cardinals
, as they currently stand at 14-7 and have a four-game lead over the second-place Cincinnati Reds
. All in all, not a bad April.
It's not all that surprising the Cardinals are playing this well; I'm not saying they're a 100+ win team, but coming into the season they were the consensus top team in the NL Central and one of the best clubs in the National League, period. What is a little surprising is how they're winning at the moment. This was a team supposedly built to outscore opponents with a powerful offense. So far, though, the offense has failed to show up in quite the way we expected; on the other hand, the pitching, and especially the starting rotation, has been absolutely brilliant.
No one on the pitching side has been more surprising than Jaime Garcia, who came into camp slated for Memphis and limited innings and stands now at the end of April one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. (Well, for the moment, anyway.)