Ranking the St. Louis Cardinals biggest X-Factors post-trade deadline

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The St. Louis Cardinals made multiple key additions to the club at the deadline and look like team on a mission, who are the biggest X-factors?

The St. Louis Cardinals appear to have a fire lit underneath of them since the trade deadline chatter, winning 8 of their last 10 games as of August 6th, including two massive wins against the New York Yankees on Friday and Saturday.

The trade deadline could have played out so many different ways for the club, but instead of grabbing a superstar bat or dealing top prospects for the premiere arms on the market, St. Louis was able to grab multiple arms who will be key for a playoff push while sacrificing none of their top prospects.

Now sitting in sole possession of 1st place in the NL Central, the Cardinals face one of the easiest schedules in all of baseball down the stretch, and look like a team on a mission to not only win their division, but make a deep playoff run. All the way back in March, manager Oli Marmol was already speaking World Series aspirations and has never wavered from that goal, and this team is finally looking capable of making such noise in October.

While there are so many names that will need to play a key role in the Cardinals last few months for them to win the division as well as go deep in October, there are a few names that stand out above the rest. If these guys get going or give the club the results they are capable of, it will take St. Louis to the next level. There are obviously stars that need to continue producing, but these guys have a chance to deepen and strengthen was is already cooking for St. Louis.

Here are the biggest X-factors for St. Louis during the final two months of the season. Be sure to comment below who you believe the biggest X-factors are.

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