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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Diamond Dirt: Cardinals already have roster advantage

  • You can't name one player or a handful of players on the St. Louis Cardinals and say they're the ones leading the team.
    It's everyone.
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  • You can't name one player or a handful of players on the St. Louis Cardinals and say they're the ones leading the team.
    It's everyone.
    And that's why the Cardinals are the team that they are.
    It's not Yadier Molina. It's not Carlos Beltran. It's not Adam Wainwright.
    It's every single player wearing the birds on the bat, going out there and contributing. And to have this effort and advantage this early in the season only makes opponents fearful of facing St. Louis as the season progresses.
    What makes the Cardinals all the more better is that there's really no bench players. Everyone is a starter, everyone can come into the game at any point and be a threat. I can't help but tip my cap to Mike Matheny. He's operating his day-to-day lineups extremely well, putting the right guys in at the right time, balancing the rest, keeping everyone active and fresh.
    Matheny is really showing the days of playing the same eight players every day is really a thing of the past. Obviously you have your group of top eight starters you want playing more often or in big games like clinchers and the postseason, but in reality no matter who you put out there, the Cardinals are going to be a tough team to beat.
    And don't get me wrong there's not 100 percent perfection, but it's mostly a full force team not easy to beat.
    The bullpen needs work. Shane Robinson needs to take a chance at diving. And Tony Cruz could use more at-bats and base running opportunities.
    Other than that, this team is solid.
    The hitting is great, the base running is strong. All the tangibles are there.
    It's the reason why the Cardinals are the favorite in the NL Central.
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