Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 10/23/14
Despite losing the Albert Pujols last winter, the Cardinals won 88 games, the wild card playoff against the Braves, their Division Series against the best regular season team in the National League, and had a 3-1 lead on the Giants in the ALCS before the Giants caught fire and obliterated them and the Tigers on their way to the championship. All of that is to say that the Cardinals were just fine in Year One of the Post-Pujols era. That doesn't mean there aren't concerns going forward, though; the Cardinals are a veteran team that's going to see more turnover in the coming seasons and maintaining their perch as the National League's premier franchise won't  necessarily be easy.  Needs The Cardinals are going to be relatively unchanged headed into 2013. Lance Berkman is unlikely to be back, but the emergence of Jon Jay and Allen Craig as reliable regulars in 2012 meant that the Cards barely felt his injury-induced absence in 2012. There are still questions f...
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