By Ryan Gaydos @RyanGaydos on March 19, 2014
The St. Louis Cardinals are the defending National League champions and have the capability of repeating the same feat. The Cardinals got a little bit better by bringing in Jhonny Peralta and with the rotation a year wiser, St. Louis is primed for another division title and pennant.
1. Yadier Molina
2. Matt Carpenter
3. Jhonny Peralta
4. Kolten Wong
5. Allen Craig
Molina finished second to Andrew McCutchen in NL MVP voting. He is not going to let that happen again. Molina has Peralta and a great hitter in Carpenter around him which makes St. Louis' lineup very dangerous.
1. Michael Wacha
2. Adam Wainwright
3. Carlos Martinez
4. Trevor Rosenthal
5. Lance Lynn
Michael Wacha's performance last season made him one of the best pitchers on the team and in the league. The Cardinals rotation is very good and with Wacha more mature and Wainwright on top of his game, St. Louis may be dominant.
1. Jhonny Peralta
2. Peter Bourjos
3. Kolten Wong
4. Carlos Martinez
5. Pat Neshek
The Peralta signing was very big for the Cardinals and it will bolster the lineup enormously. Having Wong get his first full season under his belt this year could pay its dividends. Although he had his bonehead moment in the World Series, Wong has the potential to be great.
1. Oscar Taveras
2. Kolten Wong
3. Carlos Martinez
4. Stephen Piscotty
5. Marco Gonzales
Having Oscar Taveras start the season in the minors because of some injury does not bode well. However, looking at Wong and Martinez starting off the season in the majors, it looks like the youth of the Cardinals could be a huge difference during the season.
The Cardinals should be happy where the team is right now. Majority of the team has plenty of experience and knows how to win championships. This year, the expectations should not be any different. St. Louis should get back to the World Series or at least the NL Championship Series.
Final Standing: 1st NL Central
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