2022 St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day roster projection
By Ben Remis
Opening Day is a few short weeks away. Who will be on the St. Louis Cardinals 26-man roster? Let’s do our best to figure it out.
The St. Louis Cardinals are back at spring training! Instead of celebrating this exciting day, let’s jump ahead to the next big moment on the calendar: April 7, when the regular season kicks off against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The hot stove is hotter than ever, and with the Cardinals connected to Trevor Story, Albert Pujols, and practically everyone else that is currently available, the roster could still shift over the next few weeks. That being said, it’s a reasonable time for our first official Opening Day roster projection.
We’ll begin with the starting lineup. It should look familiar.
Catcher: Yadier Molina
First Base: Paul Goldschmidt
Second Base: Tommy Edman
Third Base: Nolan Arenado
Shorstop: Paul DeJong
Left Field: Tyler O’Neill
Center Field: Harrison Bader
Right Field: Dylan Carlson
This will be the first time in a long time that the Cardinals roll out the same crew for back-to-back seasons. Think back – Arenado, Goldschmidt, Marcell Ozuna, Dexter Fowler, Johnny Peralta – at least one new everyday player has been picked up or let go at the beginning of the last few seasons.
A big move seems unlikely, however, so the Cardinals will probably keep the same starting lineup they had last season. There’s something to be said for consistency. This group came on strong towards the end of the year, and are well aware of the high expectations for 2022.