On Monday, the Cardinals will be back out on the field for their first spring training game of 2012. Monday's game against Miami will begin the season-long quest in which St. Louis will look to repeat as World Series champions.
As the defending champs, though, you are always feeling the heat to perform like the best team in baseball. The Cardinals will be no different.
Even though they are the defending champions, there are still many doubters who think St. Louis is not the best. The Cardinals are out to prove them wrong once again.
For St. Louis to repeat as champions, it will take an entire team effort, just like it took when they won the title last year. There are some Cardinals, though, who are being called upon to have big seasons for their team.
Although the whole team is under pressure to perform, here are the top three players on the St. Louis Cardinals who are under the most pressure to perform at a high level in 2012.