Happy Thanksgiving, St. Louis Cardinals fans! The team has many things to be thankful for this offseason.
The St. Louis Cardinals had quite the 2021 season and look to build toward a better 2022 season.
After a 2021 season that started with high expectations after the acquisition of Nolan Arenado, the season took a wild turn as the team had to deal with an onslaught of injuries including Harrison Bader, Paul DeJong and Tyler O’Neill at various points in the beginning months of the season.
Things seemed dire when ace Jack Flaherty hit the injured list with an oblique injury. Carlos Martinez, Miles Mikolas and Kwang Hyun-Kim having their own injury issues combined with Dakota Hudson healing from Tommy John Surgery made things seem lost.
But with some
magic, the Cardinals made some crucial deals and compiled a remarkable 17-game winning streak in September to inch them in to the second wild card slot. Their season ultimately ended in frustrating fashion to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the wild card game.
It was still an amazing run.
With potential drama afoot with the December 1 expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement, teams are doing with they can now to bolster their teams for 2022.
After several seasons where the Cardinals didn’t do much in the offseason, the team now appears willing to spend to do well in their window of opportunity to win. Pending no lockout! Robert Murray reported Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt and Co have the money to spend this offseason and will.
We already knew this would be an interesting offseason and it’s really just getting started.
Let’s discuss some of those storylines to be thankful for this year!