St. Louis Cardinals: 3 Reasons They Can Win While Albert Pujols Struggles

Robert Knapel@@RobertKnapel_BRCorrespondent IOctober 21, 2011

St. Louis Cardinals: 3 Reasons They Can Win While Albert Pujols Struggles

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    Albert Pujols is supposed to be one of the players that the St. Louis Cardinals can count on. However, Pujols has struggled during the first two games of the World Series against the Texas Rangers.

    He has come to the plate eight times and he has yet to collect a hit. Pujols has walked once and scored a run. Even if Pujols continues to struggle the rest of the series, the Cardinals can still win the World Series.

David Freese

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    After his phenomenal performance in the NLCS, David Freese has continued to play well. He has been one of the biggest surprises of this postseason.

    The Cardinals will be able to weather a few more bad performances by Albert Pujols as long as Freese is able to keep his bat hot.

The Starting Rotation

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    Through the first two games of the World Series, the Cardinals starters have given up just two runs. Jamie Garcia put in an outstanding start in Game 2.

    The Cardinals have a better rotation than the Texas Rangers. When Chris Carpenter and Jamie Garcia are on the mound, the Cardinals are hard to beat. Edwin Jackson has also pitched very well since coming to St. Louis.

Allen Craig

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    While Albert Pujols has not come through in the clutch during the World Series, the player that has is not one that many would have expected. Allen Craig has been outstanding in big situations.

    He has been hot and will get more at-bats during the games in Texas. Craig has the ability to make a difference if he keeps up his performance.