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World Series Odds Before Spring Training: 25-1
World Series Odds Now: 9-1
I clearly underestimated the St. Louis Cardinals before the season started.
I'm guessing I'm not the only one who did, either.
At 26-13, the Cardinals are the best team in baseball. Their starting rotation has been simply outstanding, posting a 2.38 ERA. Their bullpen has been stabilized by the terrific performance of Edward Mujica, who now has 11 saves with a 1.69 ERA.
With Shelby Miller's 5.2 scoreless innings on Wednesday, he's now tied with Clayton Kershaw with a 1.40 ERA, best in the majors.
The offense hasn't been too shabby, either. They're ranked third in the National League in runs scored.
Right now everything is clicking for the Cardinals. Barring injury, they are clearly the team to beat in the National League.
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