(Updated Dec. 1, 2016)
Ever since John Tudor posted a 62-26 record in five seasons with the Cardinals, the left-handers who have had the most wins for St. Louis are Joe Magrane, Donovan Osborne and Jaime Garcia.
Look out, Joe
Magrane was 51-54 in six seasons (1987-90 and 1992-93) with St. Louis.
He started Game 1 and Game 7 of the 1987 World Series as a rookie, led the National League in ERA (2.18) his second year and posted 18 wins his third year.
Magrane looked like the best left-hander to come out of the Cardinals system since Steve Carlton.
That is, until he had elbow and shoulder injuries.
Magrane underwent elbow surgery performed by Dr. Frank Jobe in the spring of 1991 and didn’t pitch for St. Louis that year. A start against the Expos in September 1992 was Magrane’s first for the Cardinals in almost two years. He pitched 5.1 innings that night, yielded three runs and got the win. Boxscore
“I guess you could say I’m pretty good at preparing for things when I’ve had two years’ rest,” Magrane said to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
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Osborne was 47-45 in seven Cardinals seasons (1992-93 and 1995-99).
He reached double digits in wins each of his first two years with St. Louis. Then he had shoulder surgery and didn’t pitch for the Cardinals in 1994.
Osborne went on the disabled list seven times over eight years (1992-99) while on the Cardinals payroll.
In May 1999, after a start for the Cardinals against the Pirates, he experienced severe shoulder pain and never recovered fully enough to pitch for St. Louis again. Boxscore
“It all feels the same,” Osborne said to the Post-Dispatch. “It hurts … The pain is intolerable.”
Garcia was 62-45 in eight years (2008 and 2010-16) with St. Louis.
After making his Cardinals debut in 2008, Garcia had elbow surgery and didn’t pitch for St. Louis in 2009.
His 13 wins in 2010 were the most by a Cardinals rookie left-hander since Harvey Haddix won 20 in 1953.
Garcia won 13 again in 2011. He entered 2012 looking to become the first Cardinals left-hander to post three consecutive seasons of double-digit wins since Tudor did it from 1985-87. But Garcia’s win total fell to seven in 2012.
After being limited to nine starts in 2013 because of a shoulder ailment, Garcia experienced shoulder problems at spring training in 2014 and appeared in only seven games that season.
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