The St. Louis Cardinals have been pegged by many, myself included, as the best all-around team in baseball entering the 2014 season. They have no clear weakness on their roster and an enviable amount of depth should injury strike, making them the favorites to win the NL Central once again.
It's hard to point to any one guy or group of guys as the key to success here, only because the Cardinals are such a complete team. But given their title aspirations, the biggest X-factor looks to be the team's two aces in the making, Shelby Miller and Michael Wacha.
You know what you're getting from Adam Wainwright atop the staff, as he's one of the best pitchers in the game, and the duo of Lance Lynn and Joe Kelly are what they are at this point. Miller and Wacha are a different story, though, as they have the stuff to be future aces themselves and showed it on several occasions last season. They are also still very young, though, and could suffer through some growing pains.
If they pitch up to their potential, an already great team is that much better. But if either of them struggles, the team does not look nearly as strong come playoff time when starting pitching is the deciding factor.