Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 11/16/14
ST. LOUIS They could get used to this. Their season is just a month old certainly not enough time to peek past the summer and consider the fall but the St. Louis Cardinals' place atop the National League Central could become comfortable. Through 25 games, the defending World Series champions have shown little has changed since red-and-white confetti was swept from Busch Stadium on a chilled night last October. Despite a 6-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, they own a 16-9 record, one of the best in baseball. They have won seven of eight series. They hold a 3 12-game lead in the NL Central before starting a six-game road-trip against the Houston Astros and Arizona Diamondbacks. Sure, it's early, and that must be considered before all else. The Cardinals' 14-8 record in April was a surprise after so many unknowns How would they look with first-year manager Mike Matheny? (Strong.) How would Albert Pujols' departure affect the lineup? (Not much.) but the answers reveal...
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