St. Louis Cardinals Set to Give Baseball the Bird

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St. Louis Cardinals Set to Give Baseball the Bird

In 2008, the Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series.

In 2009, they won’t even win in the playoffs.

In their way are two awakening giants — the New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinals?

Yes, I said the St. Louis Cardinals — the team with the most upside in the league, not naming the closer. The Birds have a four-headed monster in the rotation, four guys capable of winning 15 to 17 each. They all have ERAs under 4.00 and are completely dominant when healthy.

Since St. Louis’ World Series win in 2006, Chris Carpenter has had two seasons plagued with injuries. As last year ended, he proved that he is still the best picture in Major League Baseball.

Other than Carpenter, the offense is truly elite with the likes of Albert Pujols, Ryan Ludwick, Troy Glaus, Yadier Molina, Rick Ankiel and Jared "Skip" Schumaker at the helm.

In addition, Khalili Greene could be a sweet surprise if he returns to his 27-homerun form of 2007. Adam Kennedy is the only rotten apple on the squad but he showed last season that he might just surprise us with a .290, eight-homerun season.

Albert Pujols and Ryan Ludwick were both two of the top five best hitters in 2008 and look to keep on improving in 2009 After the All Stat break, Ludwick batted .313 and even had three months of hitting .320.

This year is going to be one for the ages, especially for the Cardinals.

Don't knock them out of the NL Central Division — the Cubs could fall apart this season.

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