The St. Louis Cardinals had an incredibly successful decade in the 2010s. Who were the best hitters over that fruitful stretch?
St. Louis Cardinals fans are about as spoiled as a sports fanbase can be; success to us is relative. Many fans spent the past four seasons with (somewhat) reasonable frustration after a three-year playoff drought. Even this year when the team made it to the NLCS, fans were unhappy.
In this decade, the Cardinals still accomplished more than just about any team in baseball. This stretch includes six playoff births, one World Series, one 100-win season, and ten winning seasons in ten years.
Despite being known for their trademark pitching staff, the Redbirds have had some fantastic hitters over the last decade. They may have lost their best player so far this century after the first year of the decade, but big seasons came from other batters along the way too.
For the sake of the article, I’ll only include one season from players, otherwise, the list would be basically “Matt Holliday‘s stats from the 2010s.”
I will also not be factoring in defense, so it is based solely on what they did at the plate. So, as we look back over the last decade, what were the five best hitting seasons Cardinals fans got to watch?