We don't look too good on paper, but if we can hover around .500 for awhile and then get our rotation healthy, I like this young offense. I think Barton and Schumaker may actually be spark plugs at the top of the lineup and I think Ankiel, Duncan, and Glaus will provide adequate protection for Pujols. If we win 85 games or so we could win the NL Central.
Now, the rational baseball fan in me (not the irrational Cardinals fan) thinks this team will probably be about 10 games under .500 when we finally get healthy. Baby faced Brad Thompson and ratty hair-all-over-the-place Todd Wellemeyer can only pitch well for so long. A rational prediction for this team is probably 70-75 wins, but that's not fun to dream about, is it?
"Oh, that Lankford and McGee, the trio of 'em. They're a one-man wrecking crew."