nsulham wrote:Potentially huge, and methinks for the Cards, fatal news.
This, unfortunately, is probably correct. Carpenter can still serve as an ace as long as he remains healthy. The rest of the staff though, is not enough to remain competitive unless Lohse rebounds, Garcia continues to dominate, and someone steps up as the #5 starter. If Berkman is able to play outfield for 500+ ABs (Huuuuge if) then the Cards may have enough hitting with a Pujols/Holliday/Berkman/Rasmus line-up.
Certainly this makes it tougher and now its the Reds/Brewers division to lose.
...Boston papers now and then suffer a sharp flurry of arithmetic on this score; indeed, for Williams to have distributed all his hits so they did nobody else any good would constitute a feat of placement unparalleled in the annals of selfishness. -Updike