5 Reasons to Be Optimistic for St. Louis Cardinals' 2014 Season

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5 Reasons to Be Optimistic for St. Louis Cardinals' 2014 Season
Michael Keating

The St. Louis Cardinals enter the 2014 season as the defending National League champions.  There are a lot of reasons to feel that they would repeat.

Manager Mike Matheny has a strong cast on the field in front of him.  With a deep bullpen, a strong rotation and a strong lineup, confidence is running high in St. Louis.  The rest of the division failed to improve over the offseason.  

The ace of the pitching staff, Adam Wainwright, is one of the best in the game.  Yadier Molina just keeps getting better.  Indeed, there is reason for optimism.

The following six points may be revisited by October as the reasons why the Cardinals are in the playoffs yet again.

 

All statistics courtesy of MLB.com or Baseball-Reference unless otherwise noted.

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