St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Luke Weaver pitches during a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Photo by Chris Lee, clee@post-dispatch.com

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QUESTION: Looks as though Luke Weaver is staying. What kind of season do you expect from him? What is his ceiling?

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GOOLD: A solid season. Trying to find a comparison for him. That first full year of Michael Wacha seems like too much to predict, right? But somewhere in that 160-185 innings, 25-30 starts, and a 4.00 ERA seems entirely realistic. Instead of ceiling, which could be high for him, let's talk floor. And Weaver's floor is what the Cardinals expected from Leake. And Weaver has more.

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