Despite manager Tony La Russa retiring and slugger Albert Pujols moving on to the Anaheim Angels, the St. Louis Cardinals will soon begin their request to repeat as World Champions.
But following a historic and improbable season that landed the Cardinals with their 11th World Series title, the Cardinals face several key questions as they had into 2012.
Here's a look at 12 pressing questions facing them as the calendar prepares to turn to a new year:
12. Will the Cardinals be able to stay healthy?
As is the case with any team, the Cardinals' chances of repeating as World Champions next season rely heavily on their ability to stay healthy. And that could be a more difficult task than usual this season with the Cardinals expected to open the season with five players that are at least 34-years-old. Will age catch up to the Cardinals? They sure hope not. Starter Chris Carpenter turns 37 in April while Lance Berkman (36), Carlos Beltran (35) and Rafael Furcal (34) will be look...