4 random thoughts on the 2022 St. Louis Cardinals

Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Busch Stadium on April 11, 2022 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Joe Puetz/Getty Images)
Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Busch Stadium on April 11, 2022 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Joe Puetz/Getty Images) /
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Nolan Arenado (28) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the second inning of the game against the Washington Nationals during spring training at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Nolan Arenado (28) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the second inning of the game against the Washington Nationals during spring training at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports /

Could we have a new MV3 in 2022?

The tag team of Albert Pujols, Scott Rolen, and Jim Edmonds became known as the MV3 in Cardinal folk lore for each of their outstanding seasons in 2004. In fact,  they finished third (Pujols), fourth (Rolen) and fifth (Edmonds) in the NL MVP voting in 2004. Not only known for their bats, Pujols, Rolen, and Edmonds were gold glove caliber in the field.

Could Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt, and Tyler O’Neill be the next MV3? Don’t laugh, I think these three are certainly capable of pulling it off.

Arenado is off to a tremendous start with a slash line .433/.514/1.000 and a OPS+ of 321. Tyler O’Neill looks like he’s picking up where he left off last year. Goldschmidt’s slow start is typical for him, but usually heats up with the weather.  Also, they are all Gold Glovers.

I know it’s early. Arenado won’t hit .433 all season, Goldschmdit won’t hit below .150 all season either, and Just keep an eye on Tyler O’Neill.

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