kcs261 wrote:As bad as they were last year, the were only 7-games out of 1st.
Very true. However, the teams that finished ahead of them made improvements during the offseason while the Cardinals made downgrades.
ill give you that other teams improved and the cards probably wont keep this up, but i cant let anyone say we made down grades (other than Izturis for EcK, that is a downgrade).
Rolen and Edmonds were HORRIBLE last year, and we were next to last and last in production out of the 4 and 5 holes.
Ankiel/Rasmus and Glaus will be better this year than they were last year, I also think the pitching will be better this year. The pen will probably regress some, though McClellan and Reyes out of the pen have been good so far. Loshe is an upgrade over any starter not named Wainwright from last year.
Even the back up catcher is better this year.
lets look at who we lost
I cant tell you how down right awful Edmonds, Rolen and Wells were last year. I know they have recognizable names and were superstars at one time (well two of them), but they were pathetic last year.
What edmonds had 12 HR and Rolen 8?
Ill have to check that out.
they both had under 60 RBI, hitting behind Pujols. Yeah, that guy doesnt get on base...
Glaus will certainly be better this year than Rolen was last year, and possibly better than Rolen will be this year.
Ankiel/Rasmus will be superior to Edmonds of last year or this year.
Eck will be better than Izturis
Wells? Wells was absolutely horrible last year. You would understand if you had to watch this guy last year. In the first game after Hancock died he could have set the tone. Ive never seen someone so scared in my entire life. I think he committed two balks that inning and a wild pitch? Anyway he melted and never recovered all year. Loshe is a clear upgrade
Shumacker can do everything So could do and Barton is a fun player to watch with some exciting skills.
I had forgot that Wilson was even on the darned team last year.
Garry Bennett was a decent catcher, hit pretty well but could never throw someone out. LaRue is a better defender, not sure about hitting though.
Carpenter will come back later and should be an above average pitcher, Mulder will probably wash out (jmo)