what they need next year is a real ace. loshe was very good but he is not the CY candidate type of ace despite his stats. he just doesn't have that lights out stuff.
Wainwright and Carp have the capability to be that ace but we will see if they are healthy enough to do that. If carp and wainwright are healthy and in top form all season the cards could very well be the best team in the NL but if both are not on top of their game or injured that cards staff is very mediocre despite the "depth" they have (it's nice to have 7 guys competing but if 5 of those are mediocre that doesn't help).
really everything rises and falls with the health of carp and wainwright. they need at least one of them if not both.
I think walks are overrated unless you can run. If you get a walk and put the pitcher in a stretch, that helps, but the guy who walks and can’t run, most of the time he’s clogging up the bases for somebody who can run. – Dusty Baker.