The 2012 season is just around the corner as pitchers and catchers report to camp on Feb. 18th.
On that day, there will begin to be an onslaught of questions towards the St. Louis Cardinals and how they will play and how they look without future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols.
If the team plays poorly, the baseball world will look at his absence and believe his departure is the cause of the Cardinals' troubles. The Cardinals will be under a magnifying glass from February to October. There's no way around it.
However, I believe St. Louis will be fine.
Call me crazy, but I even believe the Cardinals are in a better situation without The Machine.
Here are the three reasons why.