The course of a team's season may seem set in March. All the pieces are in place; the World Series has their name written all over it. But things never go exactly as planned.
Breakout performances, injuries, and slumps are all surprises that can lead to unexpected names making headlines.
Did we think we'd be talking about Matt Carpenter last year? Before 2012, he had only had 19 plate appearances and he hadn't exactly made a name for himself. But no one can deny the impact he had on the club as they made their run to the NLCS.
Which players will be the Carpenters of 2013? Which St. Louis Cardinals names will we soon be chanting, although we would never have guessed it in February?
Here are 5 surprising names who will put their stamp on this year's Redbirds.