5 Reasons Why St. Louis Cardinals Will Win 2013 World Series
5 Reasons Why The St. Louis Cardinals Will Win It All
With the 2013 MLB postseason set to begin in a matter of weeks, playoff teams are slowly starting to come together. Some teams are on the verge of clinching spots, while others are seeing their playoff hopes come to a disappointing end.
One of the teams firmly in the hunt for a playoff spot is the St. Louis Cardinals. As of right now, their record stands at a very respectable 88-63, 25 games over .500. They are leading their division by exactly a game and are presently three games up in the Wild Card race. With 11 games to go and a three-game lead on second place in the NL Central, it would seem that they are on the verge of cashing their ticket to the postseason, barring a huge meltdown.
With how the team has played down the stretch, there is nothing to suggest that this will happen. I believe this is the deepest, most balanced, and talented team in all of baseball right now. As far as I am concerned, they have the best shot at winning a championship this year because of this.
Now with that in mind, I am taking the liberty of breaking down the team’s five biggest strengths and why they will translate into a World Series-winning formula. This is assuming they will make it into the playoffs, of course.
Will these keys be enough for St. Louis? Do they have another missing piece of the puzzle? If you have a comment or disagree with any of these points, please feel free to leave a comment below.
5. Young Power Pitchers
The young power pitchers on the Cardinals are primed for postseason play. They have dominated NL sluggers all year long and they have the talent to succeed against AL hitters as well. With youngsters Michael Wacha, Shelby Miller and Lance Lynn in the rotation and Carlos Martinez likely serving out of the bullpen, there is no shortage of young arms for the team when the playoffs come around.
4. Adam Wainwright
As far as Adam Wainwright is concerned, he is separate from the youngsters because he is a grizzled veteran. He has been fantastic this season and could be the front runner for the NL Cy Young award. He will be instrumental to the Cardinals' postseason success as he will likely be their ace in the postseason. Expect him to make perhaps the biggest postseason impact on the club.
3. Edward Mujica
Edward Mujica is another important piece to this club. He has been phenomenal for the Cardinals as their closer in 2013. It is important for that to translate into the postseason. Nearly every championship team the last few years has had a dominant closer, from then San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson to the New York Yankees’ Mariano Rivera, to Boston Red Sox’ Keith Foulke. Mujica could be next in line.
2. Yadier Molina
Yadier Molina is another instrumental piece to the team. He will be even more important when the postseason begins. He is a very good hitter who steals bases, can throw runners out and calls a great game behind the plate. All of these things are valuable commodities for catchers in baseball, and whether the Cardinals can win it all will be influenced greatly by Molina.
1. Solid Lineup
The Cardinals have a solid batting order from top to bottom. Now that Allen Craig is expected to be back for the playoffs, their lineup will have no shortage of run producers. They will need them to compete against elite postseason pitching down the stretch.