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For an offense that scored the most in runs in the NL in 2011, a lot of people seem to question the 2012 Cardinals' offense.
But, let me just point something out: The Cardinals were first in the NL in runs, and Albert Pujols had his worse statistical year-to-date. Meaning, the Cardinals offense has a ton of potential even with the loss of Pujols.
Granted, one can expect Lance Berkman to not have another season like he did in 201—which surprised most experts—and even received consideration for the MVP. Conversely, one can expect Matt Holliday to post better numbers; Holliday posted below average numbers in 2011, in part due to the amount of time he missed with injuries.
The core of the Cardinals' offense was held intact, besides the loss of Pujols, who was the primary catalyst of run production. However, if a few key players can remain healthy, the Cardinals' should be able to replace Pujols' run production.
Those players: Holliday, Craig, Freese, Beltran and Berkman must stay healthy, and produce consistently.
If that happens, Cardinals' nation won't even realize Pujols is gone, and the offense will be potent. My prediction is that the Cardinals will again finish very high in run production behind the bats of Holliday and company.