For most teams, Game 1 of 2013 is in the books.
After a 6-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, we know that Matt Carpenter has the St. Louis Cardinals' first hit. Matt Holliday has the first RBI. And, of course, Adam Wainwright owns the first strikeout. But each of these are singular plays that will combine to form a marathon, 162-game season.
As the season progresses, stars will emerge and each player's role will become defined. Who will be the team's best rookie? The biggest presence on the field? The MVP?
Looking at every player's performance in both recent years and in spring training, I've tried my hand at predicting who will lead the Cardinals in many of the major awards categories. Take a look!