Manager Mike Shildt's declaration before the 2019 season that the Cardinals' current roster includes five No. 1-type starting pitchers inspired us to publish Rick Hummel's compilation of the top 25 Cardinals pitchers since the franchise joined the National League in 1892.
This list excluded the legendary likes of 1888 St. Louis Browns sidearm righthander Charles “Silver” King, a native St. Louisan, who won 45 games and completed 64 of 66 starts, pitching 585 2/3 innings for the American Association team. And it also doesn't have righthander Elton “Ice Box" Chamberlain, who had a .719 winning percentage (46-18) for the 1889 St. Louis entry in that league while throwing at least one game with both hands.
But it does include "One Tough Dominican."
Find out where he ranks as we present Hummel's top 25, in descending order, and the franchise's all-time 13-man pitching staff: