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’12 in 12′ Not in the ‘Cards’

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Another question mark for the Cardinals will be new manger, and former catcher, Mike Matheny.

Tony LaRussa’s retirement came at just about the right time for St. Louis.  His managerial skills were noticeably dwindling–i.e. forgetting how to use the bullpen phone–but he had enough left to capture one more world championship.  Matheny comes in with big shoes to fill, and very little managerial/coaching experience, including none at the professional level.  However, catchers do tend to make good mangers, and having a veteran roster with playoff experience should help ease him in to things.

It would not surprise me one bit if the Cardinals win the division this year, mainly because they play in a rather poor National League Central.  The only real threat to their divisional dominance is the the Milwaukee Brewers, whom also lost a star player over the offseason in Prince Fielder.  If Ryan Braun hadn’t won the appeal of his 50-game suspension, the Cards may have gone uncontested.

The Cincinnati Reds should also be a contender, although after an impressive run to win the central in 2010, they fell short of expectation in 2011.

No need to fret, though.  Your St. Louis Cardinals will be competitive; they just won’t win it all.  It’s likely that they will make the playoffs, especially with commissioner Bud Selig’s’ additional wild-card team, and once you get in, who knows what can happen.  If they do make it though, all the way to the world series, that means they will face a team like the Yankees, the Tigers, or the Angels. Those guys, with stars like Verlander, Cabrera, Granderson, Teixiera, and, dare I say it,  Pujols, they just have too much.

 

 

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