Once Kile established himself during the 1993 season, going 15-8, 3.51 in 32 games, 26 starts in Houston, he became a bulldog. He didn't miss a start in 1994, a season shortened due to the strike. He struggled a little bit in 1995, spending part of the season as a reliever. After that, starting in 1996, he never missed a start due to injury. He would make every start until the last one of his career, June 18th, 2002. He wouldn't want it any other way. How many other pitchers would have started the 2002 season on the disabled list after undergoing artroscopic surgery on his shoulder during the offseason? I look at Darryl Kile as a bulldog, in a game where pitchers think they did their job after pitching 5 plus innings and giving up three runs. That was not him; he'd throw seven, and think he did not get the job done if his team did not win the game.
Looking at his rejuvenation with the Cardinals, it is safe to say he would have had several good seasons ahead of him. Its interesting to think how he would have handled the late 2000s, 2007-2010, when starting pitching became more of a 6 inning game. His attitude on the mound could be described as a poor man's Tom Seaver or Bob Gibson. Tony LaRussa certainly thought so.