The St. Louis Cardinals are now able to play October baseball after missing the playoffs for three consecutive seasons in 2016 and 2018. In that time, they have only managed one series win, beating the Brewers in 2019 NLDS, before being swept by eventual World Series Champions the Washington Nationals. The Cardinals had a record last year of 30-28. This was enough to place them in second place in NL Central, and enough to get them a wild card spot. They were defeated by the Padres at the NLWC and again suffered misery.
The Cardinals will begin the regular season with a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on April 1. The Cardinals will then travel to Miami for a trio of games before hosting their home opener against Milwaukee on April 8. This season, the Cardinals are a long shot to win this series (+2200), +1200 for the NL Pennant, and +105 for the NL Central. Their total wins has been set at 86.5.
Proposed Lineup for the Cardinals in 2021
A quick glance at the Cardinals’ batting lineup will quickly reveal why they are the favorites to win the NL Central. Then, it’ll be easy to see why they’re back in the playoffs for the third consecutive year. This is their opening-day lineup:
- Tommy Edman
- Paul DeJong
- Paul Goldschmidt
- Nolan Arenado
- Dylan Carson
- Yadier Molina
- Tyler O’Neill
- Harrison Bader
- Pitcher’s place.
Three years after acquiring Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a trade, the St. Louis Cardinals acquired Nolan Arenado from Colorado. Arenado just finished a season that saw him hit only eight home runs and average.253 in 201 plate appearances. Despite last year’s strange season, Arenado should not be mistaken for a fraud. Arenado has scored 97 runs and hit 37 home runs in his five Colorado seasons. In that same time span, Arenado has also driven in 130 runs, 133, 130 and 110 runs, while also hitting close to.300 every season. He will be a valuable addition to the Cardinals’ offensive production.
If Arenado can be a productive player for the Cardinals, Goldschmidt should have some breathing room. While Arenado hit.301 last season, he managed only six long balls. The Cardinals will be near the top in offensive categories if he can return to Arizona, where he hit more than 30 home runs per season from 2016 to 2018.
Predictions for the 2021 Cardinals
FanGraphs projects that St. Louis will finish the season with a record 80-82. This would be enough to tie the Brewers for the NL Central title. Although I would prefer the Cardinals to the Brewers on the basis of offensive firepower, the pitching concerns me. Vegas believes more in the Cardinals than the numbers, and the win total is the key. As this team is the best in the division, I would play to the win total “over”.Last Updated on October 2, 2021