2009 St. Louis Cardinals Will Look For a Balance Between Experience and Youth

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2009 St. Louis Cardinals Will Look For a Balance Between Experience and Youth
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With every year that passes in St. Louis, you can bet on three things: The Cardinals being in the mix, crazy weather patterns, and Albert Pujols lighting up the scorecard.

The 2009 season looks to be no different, as the Cardinals look to build on their overachieving 2008 season. Many experts and analysts chose the Cardinals to finish well below the .500 mark last season, but the team battled through injuries and bullpen woes to finish with a record of 86-76. They finished the season just four games out of the wild card spot, despite having blown a league-leading 31 saves. The offense was one of the best in the National League, and the starting pitching held its own with the absence of Chris Carpenter.

A healthy Chris Carpenter, and a revised bullpen that actually saves a few games, will allow the Cardinals to make a run at the central division this year.

Since the biggest blow to the Cardinals' success last year was the bullpen, let's take a look at some of the improvements they have made for 2009.

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