We are officially fewer than seven weeks until the release of MLB The Show 20 and we could not be more excited about it.
The release of the trailer two weeks ago had us buzzing, but the subsequent release of the trailer rewind and deep dive sent us over the edge. As The Show 20 will be the 15th Anniversary game, it should be no surprise it is packed with new features.
The Cardinals had a disappointing end to their 2019 season, but their fans can still be as excited for the season as we are for The Show 20. But, how will San Diego Studios have the Cardinals rated?
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
SLUGGER: Goldschmidt's average dropped in 2019
launch rating: 91
Goldschmidt was one of the biggest names in free agency in 2018, and the Cardinals were the team to eventually draw him away from Arizona.
In his first year in St Louis he hit his lowest batting average since 2011, hitting .260. He did still hit 34 homers with 97 RBI.
Going into his age 32 season, coming off
somewhat of a down-year, I’d expect his starting rating to drop just a tad from
Jack Flaherty, SP
ACE: Flaherty is becoming one of the best pitchers in the league
launch rating: 82
After a very promising rookie season, Flaherty came into 2019 looking to become one of the better pitchers in the Majors, and he did just that. The 23-year-old had a 2.75 ERA, 231 strikeouts and an NL leading 0.968 WHIP and 6.2 H9. Ultimately he finished fourth in NL Cy Young voting.
Now with two very good years of starting,
and on an upwards trajectory, Flaherty should see a very nice ratings increase
in The Show 20.
Miles Mikolas, SP
SLUMP: Mikolas couldn't match his 2018 production last season
launch rating: 86
Mikolas is the opposite of Flaherty. He joined the Cardinals for 2019 having not played in the Majors since 2014, but he was a stud, earning an All-Star appearance with his 18 wins, .818 winning percentage and 2.83 ERA.
Last year, however, he slumped to a 9-14 record (his 14 losses led the NL) with a 4.16 ERA. As a result his rating will drop a touch from 2019, but his recent success will keep him well in the 80s overall.
Andrew Miller, RP
REBOUND: Can Miller find his 2012-2017 form in 2020?
launch rating: 93
From 2012 through 2017 Miller was arguably the best relief pitcher in baseball. However, in the years since then his production has dropped. In his final year in Cleveland, 2018, his ERA jumped from 1.44 to 4.24, and this year in St Louis his ERA rose again to 4.45.
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He’ll be 35 this season, so add that to his
slumping numbers and his overall will likely take a fairly big hit going into
Carlos Martinez, P
SWISS ARMY MAN: Martinez could be a closer or starter in 2020
launch rating: 84
Last season saw Martinez transition from a starting pitcher to a reliever then closer having started the season on the IL. Though not being what he is used to, he performed well, appearing in 48 games, finishing 38 with 24 saves and a 3.17 ERA.
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He could return to starting in 2020 if he has a healthy shoulder, or he could remain a member of the bullpen, either way he should see his rating stay at a solid 84.
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St Louis Cardinals MLB The Show 20 ratings
|Player||Position||2019 launch rating||2020 prediction|
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