Tuesday, April 2, 2013

5 Regular Season Predictions for the Cardinals in 2013

Article written by Amanda Brown - Guest Poster
Sports legend Yogi Berra once said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” 

This slightly convoluted quote applies perfectly to making sports predictions. The future is tough to predict, especially when it comes to sports. That aside, let’s take a look at five regular season predictions for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013.

Past Season into 2013

The Cardinals 2012 record was 88-74, a somewhat middle-of-the-field standing. They did, however, enter the playoffs to the World Series as a wild card team. They eventually were knocked out of the running by the San Francisco Giants. 

Looking toward the future, here’s a look at some of the predictions and outlooks for the upcoming season. Agree or disagree, it’s time to get those St. Louis Cardinals tickets and see how the season actually plays out.

Starting Rotation

Adam Wainwright Autographed Photo - 8x10Let’s look at the possible starting rotations. According to many in the sport field the starting line up is considered “better than average.” The lineup is predicted to produce a bullpen that will hold a lead, produce a lot of runs, and may allow the Cardinals to win the National League Central division.

According to different sources, the starting pitching line up should look something like this:
  • Adam Wainwright
  • Jake Westbrook
  • Shelby Miller
  • Jaime Garcia
  • Lance Lynn

Injuries and Other Concerns

While the preceding line up was taken from several sources, other sports sources have different opinions and concerns. For instance, Jaime Garcia’s shoulder injury could be a concern for the 2013 season. Some feel that both Miller and Lynn are not proven players and that they may not be able to handle a full season of play. 

Additionally, it is felt that Molina and Beltran will not be able to repeat their performances of the 2012 season. The same goes for Westbrook, with some believing he may be toward the end of his career.

The Positives for the Season

Among those posting the positives about the Cardinals is the St. Louis Post-Dispatch sportswriter Derrick Goold who says that 2013 could see the Cardinals experience baseball’s best offense. 

Additionally, Bleacherreport.com says that Cardinal hitters Molina, Craig, Holliday, Beltran, and Freese, all of whom hit more than 20 home runs last seasons, could possibly reach 30 or more in 2013.

Final Outcome Predictions

Here’s a look a the final outcomes from several sources:

Sports Illustrated in a recent online posting says that it’s unlikely that the Cardinals will win the division or even make the playoffs.
  • Igor Derysh from SportsJerks.net gives a prediction of a 90-77 season, and first place berth in the NL Central division.
  • Clickege Sports predicts an 85-77 season for the Cardinals, resulting in second place in the NL Central.
  • Bleacherreport.com gives the team a first in the NL Central with a season record of 99-66.
As was said before, the future is hard to predict, so the best thing to do is just let the season play out and have some fun watching the Cardinals!

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