I think there's something to that killer instinct, and it's worth discussing and see how the Cardinals do redevelop that. The scoring late and building on that Shiltd talks a lot about is definitely part of getting that instinct to take a lead and put a team away. What that has to do with a strikeout, I honestly don't know.
The Cardinals had about 11 starting pitchers opening the season, yep. And as mentioned at the time and many many many times since there is a difference between quality and quantity. Let's run through the list to see how this has evolved.
1. Mikolas -- starting tonight
2. Flaherty -- starting tomorrow
3. Wacha -- could be starting Thurs, has to earn next start
4. Wainwright -- likely back Thurs.
5. Hudson -- their best starter, currently
6. Martinez -- in the bullpen, out of need/availability
7. Reyes -- in the minors, rusty
8. Gant -- excelling as a reliever
9. Helsley -- injured
10. Gomber -- injured
11. Ponce de Leon -- starting Wednesday
12. Woodford -- available at Class AAA
Of that group 10 pitched in the majors in some role last season. The Cardinals had reason to say they had 11, 12 candidates for being the starting role, so it wasn't a lack of judgment on talent or past performance. The question was whether they could throw quantity at a problem and get quality, because what they had was quantity and they needed to see if it could produce quality. Injuries, role changes, and ineffectiveness have been the issue. Not unusual. Not unexpected, either.