Thursday, January 29, 2009

2009 MLB Preview: St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals

IF (3/5) - Can't go lower than 3 with Pujols here. But what else is there? Kennedy is respectable in that "not much power, not much speed" 2B kind of way. And the Cards were the winners (or the actual losers?) in the "Who Wants Khalil Greene" game. But he has to improve his .213 average. And of course there is Troy Glaus, who will miss some time due to shoulder surgery. So I guess Brendan Ryan or Brian Barden will fill in for a while, but neither will put up similar power numbers. Both catchers return.

OF (4/5) - If these guys stay healthy, this is a pretty good outfield. Good power, but they could use some more stolen bases from one of these positions. I wonder if they're content with Duncan or if they're looking to upgrade at all?

SP (3/5) - Even if Lohse, Wainwright, and Wellemeyer can repeat last year's success, you'd still have to have questions about Carpenter's health (which should be fine) and the status of the #5 spot.

RP (2.5/5) - I like Perez and Franklin, but I'm not sold on anyone else. McClellan was awful late in the season. Trever Miller is a solid vet.

Wildcards: Barden, Glaus, David Freese... basically 3B. and Carpenter.

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