Our predictions were bold, but who knew how wild this season would be for the St. Louis Cardinals?
With less than a week left in the regular season, it’s time to take a look back at our 2021 St. Louis Cardinals bold predictions. It’s been a hectic few months of baseball, so at least one of them had to be true, right?
Before we get to the preseason predictions, I want to highlight a midseason forecast that turned out well. Here’s what I wrote about Paul Goldschmidt at the All-Star break:
"Has Goldy struggled this season? Sure. But if anything is emblematic of a Cardinals rebound during the second half of this season, it will be Goldschmidt’s luck turning. It’s only a matter of time before these hard-hit balls start landing for hits. Yes, I’m aware that my predictions this season have been anything but accurate. But I firmly believe that Paul Goldschmidt will have a strong second-half. And with a healthy team around him, there’s no reason this Cardinal offense can’t return to their high levels of production from the start of the season."
It’s easier to predict the season when you have 80 games as a reference point. That being said, I’m awfully proud to have gotten something right. For those keeping score at home, Goldschmidt is leading the Cardinals in WAR this season and has been one of the best hitters in baseball since mid-July.
Unfortunately, none of us envisioned a 17-game win streak. No one imagined that the rotation would be anchored by Wade LeBlanc, Jon Lester, or J.A. Happ. If you want to check out the original article, you can read it here. But now it’s time to check in on some bold predictions. Let’s see how we did.