What Are The Cardinals Chances

Kyle McAreavyContributor IJanuary 25, 2010

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 10:  Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits an RBIsingle against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning of Game Three of the NLDS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Busch Stadium on October 10, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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The St. Louis Cardinals have won their division multiple times but will they do it again? The top three contenders from 2009 for the NL Central were the St. Louis Cardinals, the Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers. The three have been around the top the past few years. In 2006 the Cardinals won, in 2007 the Cubs won, in 2008 the Cubs won again and in 2009 the Cardinals won again. Obviously these two are around the top but the Brew Crew have contended the past couple years ending either 2nd or 3rd.

            This year with the Cardinals resigning Matt Holiday to a new contract they will have him all year instead of just a couple of months to protect Albert Pujols from being walked nearly every time he gets up to bat. The Cubs did make a very major deal getting rid of Milton Bradley but they really don’t have very many weapons in their lineup or rotation. The Brewers also don’t have much but all three of these teams have great first baseman that will challenge each other to do better every game. Now with key pitchers such as Carlos Zambrano (Cubs), Chris Carpenter (Cardinals) and Yovani Gallardo (Brewers) these teams will all compete but I believe that the Cardinals have all the tools they need while these other two teams are still in need of some help.

            There are some people that believe that maybe the Astros have a chance but I believe that they are still building and stand NO chance against the Cardinals this season just like all the other teams in the NL Central which is why the Cardinals will win the Central and go on into the playoffs. Hopefully this year they do better then they did last year when they went andlost in the first round on an error by Matt Holiday.