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"Even without a World Series championship, the Cardinals should look back on this season fondly."
 

St. Louis Cardinal Baseball
by Patrick Austin

Mr. Austin is a freelance writer who covers sports and health for a number of web sites including RealGM.com, Hoopsworld.com, and Fanstop.com. He currently also covers entertainment and sports for Vainquer magazine.

This St. Louis Cardinal baseball team had an incredible season in 2004. They managed to lead the league in victories with 105 and made a strong postseason push all the way to the World Series. Unfortunately, this collection of St. Louis Cardinal baseball players couldn’t go all the way and were swept by the Boston Red Sox. The Cardinals didn’t play horribly (thought there were some blatant mistakes made), I believe it was just the Red Sox year.

Even without a World Series championship, the Cardinals should look back on this season fondly. No one was expecting them to be so good, especially considering they had, at best, an average pitching staff. It’s rare to see a team without dominant pitching make it all the way to the Series, but this St. Louis Cardinal baseball club relied on their strengths--solid, fundamental play and a great offense. That combination helped compensate for their lack of pitching depth.

This St. Louis Cardinal baseball team has a good chance to contend for many years to come. They have a strong core group of players that are locked in contract-wise. Just some of those players include Albert Pujols, Scott Rolen, and Jim Edmonds.

St. Louis is apparently in the running for Randy Johnson. If they could find a way to make a deal and land the Big Unit, this St. Louis Cardinal baseball club would be the favorite to win it all. The only thing they are lacking is a No.1 pitching ace. Randy Johnson would certainly provide that. Randy has gone on record and said he would accept a trade to St. Louis. If a trade were go down, the Cardinals would probably have to deal away some young prospects and a couple of contracts to match Randy’s large deal.

If they can’t land Randy, then they should try to go out and sign some good free agent pitching talent like Russ Ortiz, Jared Wright, and/or Kevin Millwood. Strengthening their rotation needs to be their top priority. Since St. Louis isn’t the biggest baseball market, they might have a tough time spending money to get the players they need, but I hope management will realize that a championship window isn’t opened forever. You need to make bold moves in order to go all the way. Now is the time for this St. Louis Cardinal baseball team to make a run.

If you’d like to find out more about St. Louis Cardinal baseball, here are some good links…

ESPN-St. Louis Cardinal Baseball Info

Official St. Louis Cardinal Baseball Web site

St. Louis Cardinal Baseball blogs

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