As the St. Louis Cardinals head back to Busch Stadium for the team’s second homestand of the year, columnists are already questioning whether they can live up to the hype.
Picked by many to go deep into the playoffs in 2014—possibly all the way—the Cardinals have high expectations.
While the organization isn’t fond of discussing external expectations, its internal expectations are also quite high.
With such a solid team throughout the roster, the Cardinals stack up quite well against the 2011 championship team. Even with the absence of several key players, this team’s construction is quite different than in other years.
The following is a position-by-position breakdown comparing the 2014 roster to its 2011 counterpart.