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Major League Baseball: Matt Holliday confident Cards can contend without ace Chris Carpenter

The six-time All-Star said highly regarded pitchers Joe Kelly, Shelby Miller and Trevor Rosenthal can help offset the loss of injured Carpenter.
By Mike Baldwin Published: February 12, 2013
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/articleid/3754388/1/pictures/1951994">Photo - FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2012, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter sits in the dugout after being taken out of the game during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League championship series against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco. Carpenter is unlikely to pitch for the Cardinals this season and his career may be over because of a nerve injury that kept him out most of last year, general manager John Mozeliak said Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File) ORG XMIT: NY158
FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2012, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter sits in the dugout after being taken out of the game during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League championship series against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco. Carpenter is unlikely to pitch for the Cardinals this season and his career may be over because of a nerve injury that kept him out most of last year, general manager John Mozeliak said Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File) ORG XMIT: NY158

“They have really high ceilings,” Holliday said. “We have depth, depth with talent. It's our job to take a team that on paper looks good and develop that chemistry and bond where we're all pulling in one direction. We have a very talented team that can do something special.”

Growing up in Stillwater, where his father, Tom, was the pitching coach and head coach at Oklahoma State, Matt was a fan of former Cowboys such as Robin Ventura, Pete Incaviglia and Jeromy Burnitz more than a specific team.

The Cardinals, though, were the team he followed the most.

“When you join the Cardinals organization you immediately understand the expectation of excellence and the tradition that comes with it,” Holliday said. “They take pride in getting players with great character. It's a great organization to play for.”


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