Originally Posted by bucksfan2
I can absolutely see the Cards missing the playoffs this season. They haven't won the division in the past two seasons and with the exception of an epic collapse and an ill thought of 5th WC team they wouldn't have made the playoffs. They embody the idea of just get into the playoffs and you are dangerous.
I don't think they are better than the Reds, Nats, Giants or Dodgers. In essence I see them competing with the likes of the Braves, DBacks, Phillies, and the likes for a final WC spot. One thing to take into consideration is the Reds, Cards and the rest of the NL central won't have 18 games against the Astros.
I can get on board with what you said but at the same time, I don't know if people can put them in the hype category when most "experts" and media talking heads aren't picking them to win their division.
I also feel that they were sort of unlucky last year in the regular season. Their run differential was that of a 93-95 team and they were near the tops in the majors in blown saves and were god awful in 1 run games. The last two should normalized with a better bullpen. You have to remember that going into last year, they had a bullpen that consisted of Victor Marte, Kyle McClellan, JC Romero, and Fernando Salas. This year, the Cardinals bullpen is light years better with young, power arms going into the season. I don't see them having nearly as many problems as they did last year. My only real question for them is the starting pitching. I question if the young guys can be step it up and fill some spots. They have all the talent in the world but right now they're an unknown. The Cards will still score a ton of runs though.