Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 10/31/13
In many ways the 2013 regular season is one in which the St. Louis Cardinals were overachievers. Losing a front end starting rotation pitcher in Chris Carpenter; losing closer Jason Motte; losing shortstop and leadoff hitter Rafael Furcal, all before the season got underway. Then, a month into the season, the Redbirds lost the only left-handed pitcher in their starting rotation, Jaime Garcia. Add to that list of challenges, designated replacement closer Mitchell Boggs proved to be totally ineffective and was demoted to the minors and eventually traded to the Colorado Rockies. In spite of all this, the Cardinals made it all the way to the World Series before they ran out of momentum and succumbed to the Boston Red Sox in six games. However, the World Series exposed the primary shortcomings of the Redbirds; and those deficiencies will have to be addressed in the upcoming off-season if St. Louis wants to stay ahead of both the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds in the National ...
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