Can the Cardinals Repeat as World Series Champions?
The St. Louis Cardinals look to begin their title-defense today when they kickoff the regular season against the Miami Marlins.
Today's Major League Baseball's official Opening Day, considered by thousands of St. Louisans as an unofficial holiday. And while the St. Louis Cardinals' home opener is really where it's at, that's not stopping us from getting into the baseball mood!
The team is missing perhaps three of its biggest names of the past decade in manager Tony La Russa, pitching coach Dave Duncan—both of whom retired—and, of course, Albert Pujols, who signed with the Los Angeles Angels.
Former Cards catcher Mike Matheny is the new manager. And the Redbirds will look to fill the void left by Pujols with a handful of new and familiar names.
Baseball Prospectus, a website dedicated to sabermetric analysis, has the Cardinals winning 89 games and winning the National League Central this season. And ESPN's Power Rankings rates the Redbirds as the ninth best team in the league.
How many games do you think the Cardinals will win this season? Will they make the playoffs?
Do you think Chris Carpenter will make a difference this season? Can Adam Wainwright contend for the Cy Young?
And what about the offense? Will David Freese continue his torrid 2011 playoff pace? Can Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman make up for the absence of Albert Pujols?