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St. Louis Cardinals Biggest Winners, Losers of the First Half of the Season

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St. Louis Cardinals Biggest Winners, Losers of the First Half of the Season
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With the halfway point of the season upon us, it's time to take a look back at the first half of the St. Louis Cardinals 2013 season.

The Cardinals share the top spot of the National League Central Division with the Pittsburgh Pirates as I'm writing this and are on pace for their first 100-win season since 2005.

Throughout the first half of the season, the Cardinals have weathered injury and bullpen problems that would have squashed the hopes of almost any other team in the league. The depth of their farm system and a record number of MLB debuts have been the glue that has held the Cardinals together.

For a while, it seemed as if every pitcher they promoted was unhittable. Of course, that was necessary given the monumental collapse of Mitchell Boggs as he worked to fill the gap left by closer Jason Motte's season-ending elbow injury.

Injuries to Chris Carpenter, Jaime Garcia and Rafael Furcal only served to further problems, but at the halfway point, the Cardinals are teaching a lesson in perseverance.

Despite being 1-4 over their last five games, there is little to be concerned about at this point. Truthfully, it's the closest thing to a slump the Cardinals have seen this year.

Following is a list of the Cardinals biggest winners and losers through the halfway point of the 2013 season.

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