Continuing With Our Cardinals Crystal Ball

One more day — finally! Yes, Opening Day is tomorrow, and not a moment too soon. Spring training is over. While Jaime Garcia finally pitched better, Mitchell Boggs did not and the Cardinals lost again to the Marlins. But it doesn’t matter now. The slate will be cleared and real baseball is on the horizon. Chris Carpenter is set to make his fifth Opening Day start as a Cardinal, a feat that only Hall of Famers Dizzy Dean and Bob Gibson have achieved. And we’re ready!

To pass the time until tomorrow arrives, we gazed into our cardinal-red crystal ball one more time — this time looking for some specific Cards predictions. We’re all seeing big years for Albert and CC, and most of us expect Ryan Theriot to get on base enough to steal quite a few bases. (Spring training numbers don’t mean anything, spring training numbers don’t mean anything, spring training numbers don’t …)


Emily
Final record: 98-64
Team leader in batting average: Matt Holliday, .345
Home Runs: Albert Pujols, 44
RBI: Albert, 125
Stolen Bases: Ryan Theriot, 17
Wins: Chris Carpenter, 18
Saves: Ryan Franklin, 30
Offensive MVP: Albert
Pitching MVP: Carp
Number of games Lance Berkman plays: 130
Number of wins for Kyle Lohse: 12



Ann (You’re My Boys, Blues)
Final record: 90-72
Team leader in batting average: Matt Holliday, .308
Home Runs: Albert, 37
RBI: Albert, 126
Stolen Bases: Colby Rasmus, 24
Wins: Chris Carpenter, 18
Saves: Ryan Franklin, 30
Offensive MVP: Albert
Pitching MVP: Jaime Garcia
Number of games Lance Berkman plays: 127
Number of wins for Kyle Lohse: 9


Tara
Final record: 89-73 (95-78 including playoffs)
Team leader in batting average: Matt Holliday, .357
Home Runs: Albert Pujols, 40
RBI: Albert, 115
Stolen Bases: Ryan Theriot, 23 (Not sure how if this is more realistic or hopeful, but I’m going with it!)
Wins: Chris Carpenter, 19
Saves: Ryan Franklin, 25
Offensive MVP: Albert (can I really say anything else?!)
Pitching MVP: Kyle McClellan (Stepping in for Waino is no easy task! If he can keep up his spring pace, he may just be the key this season.)
Number of games Lance Berkman plays: 102
Number of wins for Kyle Lohse: 17 (Wishful thinking? Please stay healthy!)


Miranda
Final record: 91-71
Team leader in batting average: David Freese, .315
Home Runs: Albert, 49
RBI: Albert, 130
Stolen Bases: Ryan Theriot, 25
Wins: Chris Carpenter, 21
Saves: Ryan Franklin, 35
Offensive MVP: Matt Holliday
Pitching MVP: Jake Westbrook
Number of games Lance Berkman plays: 75
Number of wins for Kyle Lohse: 13


Chris
Final record: 92-70
Team leader in batting average: Albert Pujols, .348
Home Runs: Albert, 45
RBI: Albert, 121
Stolen Bases: Ryan Theriot, 26
Wins: Chris Carpenter, 18
Saves: Leader, Ryan Franklin with 17. Jason Motte will have 14.
Offensive MVP: Albert
Pitching MVP: CC
Number of games Lance Berkman plays: 125
Number of wins for Kyle Lohse: Back in February, when I asked the UCB roundtable to predict his performance, I said he’d have 11 wins. I’m a little more optimistic after spring training, so I’ll up the number to 14.


Once again, we’ll see how accurate the crystal ball was for us when October arrives!

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