St. Louis Cardinals' 10 Biggest Questions Heading into the Second Half

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St. Louis Cardinals' 10 Biggest Questions Heading into the Second Half
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The Cardinals, like Adam Wainwright, are still searching for consistency.

Major League Baseball added a second Wild Card in each league which will certainly create some late-season excitement in division races across baseball, albeit, somewhat artificially.

But in the NL Central, it's probably not necessary as no team has been able to generate any momentum to allow them to pull away from the pack. In the end, fans in the Midwest are likely to enjoy a photo finish no matter what.

The Cardinals started strong, but quickly lost synergy when injuries mounted and the bullpen started crumbling under pressure.

The Pirates have ridden terrific pitching to a first-half, first-place position despite a weak offense, but it is fair to say that everyone is waiting for the Bucs to fade as they did last year.

The defending division champ Brewers lost All-Star first baseman Prince Fielder to free agency, but their bigger problem has been the erosion of a starting rotation that was one of the best in baseball in 2011. This season they rank in the bottom-half in ERA as they have dealt with injuries and inconsistency.

The Reds have All-World players in Johnny Cueto, Alroldis Chapman and Joey Votto, but beyond them the Reds' depth falls off. Seriously, how is Miguel Cairo still getting major league at-bats?

The bad news for the Cardinals going into the second half is they are in third place.

The good news is they are still the best team in the division with the most talent and deepest roster. 

Just like the Yankees who on off-years can struggle despite having veteran depth, the Cardinals usually find their way back into first place.

No one would be surprised if the Cards did just that in the second half, but there are still question marks standing in the way.

Here are the top ten.

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