St. Louis Cardinals: Preseason Roster Predictions Part 2
By Dan Buffa
Who makes the St. Louis Cardinals 25 man roster out of camp this year? Here are my predictions.
There are over 50 St. Louis Cardinals players who wear the jersery when spring training opens in mid February. By the end of March, there can only be 25 players that make the plane to St. Louis with the big team to open the season. Some go to the minors while others get sent home or elsewhere.
A session that is designed to create a circus of hope can end in a setback, progression or a hold steady pattern for players ranging from 20 years old to 35 years old. There are no guarantees. Talent and opportunity carry the reigns in spring training for Major League baseball players.
The Cardinals open the season with several questions scattered throughout their roster. No one needs to tell the Cardinals that they have company this year in the division. For a team that has made the playoffs five straight seasons and 12 out of the last 15 seasons, the Cards don’t need a competition newsletter. The armies are constantly awaiting the Cardinals at the gates. When the grass turns green, it’s time for the Birds to make another push. Can the Cardinals win their 12th World Series in 2016? What will be needed to make that extra push? Can they hit enough to support their league best pitching staff? What stress inducing elements will get in their way?
Baseball is built to wear fans down and drive them insane. Tell me the last time a 162 game season took it easy on you and I will bake three cakes while I wait for an answer. Without further rambling(something I am actually good at), let’s break down the potential opening day roster for the St. Louis Cardinals.
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