The Astros and Cardinals have a lot in common. They both have lots of talent, they both make teams that come too town fear them, and they both are very competitive. But which team is better? Let's go by their players, and then we will be able to decide.
Cardinals: Yadier Molina is an average catcher, but he is great in the clutch. Just ask Aaron Heilman.
Astros: Towles is not so good, but he is young, and young players tend to get better.
Cardinals: Albert Pujols is one of the best players in the game today. He won the MVP last year and is the best player on the Cardinals.
Astros: Lance Berkman is the best player on the Astros, he is one of the best players in the NL
Cardinals: Adam Kennedy is just a bad player.
Astros: Matsui is a guy who is sometimes hot and sometimes not.
Cardinals: Troy Glaus is a great player, even though he did not prove it in 2008, and he is a great defensive player.
Astros: Geoff Blum is a below average player that is only going to get worse.
Cardinals: Khalil Greene is nothing special.
Astros: Miguel Tejada is a very good player. He is one of the best on the team.
Cardinals: Ryan Ludwick was a great player this year, the second best on the team.
Astros: Hunter Pence is a young, very talented player, and I think that one day he will be the best OF in baseball.
Cardinals: Skip Schumaker is a young pretty good star.
Astros: Michael Bourn is young, and maybe one day he will be a good player.
Cardinals: Rick Ankiel came back to baseball this year and played great.
Astros: Carlos Lee was an MVP candidate before he got injured in August.
Cardinals: Adam Wainwright had a great 2008 season. The young star is just getting better. He and Kyle Lohse do not disappoint.
Astros: Roy Oswalt is one of the best pitchers out there. He and Brandon Backe give the Astros a great rotation.
Cardinals: These guys just have a bad bullpen. Chris Perez can barely pitch, and the rest are no better.
Astros: Jose Valverde is one of the best closers in the game, and Geoff Geary behind him really helps.
So who is the better team?
I think it's the Cardinals, but it is very close. They need to get better pitching to make that a sure thing.
As for the Astros, they need to get a couple of new position players so they can beat the Cardinals.