The St. Louis Cardinals enter the 2014 calendar year as the defending National League champions. As we start to look ahead to the 2014 season, it is hard to ask the team to do more than what it has already been doing. It's a successful franchise.
Of course, it is fair to say we want them to win the World Series. That's a statement every fan should be making about his or her team right now. It is is the ultimate goal.
Short of that, what can we ask this team to do better?
The team has made some changes this offseason. Due to those changes, expectations are being set in many minds. Players will be returning from injury, highly anticipated young players will be reaching the major leagues, veteran players will be looking to take that next step, and some weaknesses can be addressed.
One of the most successful teams in the National League has room for improvement in 2014. The following eight things are what we want to see this season. If they all come true, this team may be unstoppable.