St. Louis Cardinals: 5 Reasons They're off to a Great Start in 2012

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St. Louis Cardinals: 5 Reasons They're off to a Great Start in 2012
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The St. Louis Cardinals are off to great start in 2012. With a 14-8 record they sit in first place in the National League Central.

Most sports fans have forgotten about the Cardinals' extraordinary start, as it was overshadowed this past weekend by the 2012 NFL Draft and the 2012 NBA Playoffs.

After winning the 2011 World Series, the Cardinals lost manager Tony La Russa to retirement and slugger Albert Pujols to free agency.

Even worse for the Cardinals, their ace pitcher Chris Carpenter is on the disabled list until June and co-ace Adam Wainwright is coming off Tommy John surgery. 

However, the Cardinals have proved beyond a reasonable doubt that they can still pitch, hit and coach their way to be one of the top NL teams for the entire year.

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