While much of the success that a team has comes from its own preparation, what goes on around them also plays a huge factor. The Cardinals have been among the most successful clubs at concisely addressing their needs this winter, but how has the rest of the National League Central done?
It was a day of coming and going for the Cardinals as a franchise on Wednesday. General Manager John Mozeliak announced that the organization was furthering its leadership on the bench with Mike Matheny, while also making official that Chris Carpenter would be retiring from professional baseball as well.
The St. Louis Cardinals have starting pitcher Jake Westbrook to thank for helping them win the National League Central Division this season and make the playoffs in each of the last three years, but an attempt to recognize him for those contributions could cost them dearly in October.
The St. Louis Cardinals will be the National League Central Division champions as they enter the playoffs, but where they begin the postseason is still an important mystery.
Yesterday afternoon, the Cardinals released the details of their schedule for the 2014 season. Here are a few of the highlights and series of note for the upcoming season.
The St. Louis Cardinals have played as tough of a schedule as any team in Major League Baseball this season.
For the first time in almost a month, the St. Louis Cardinals will enter a series as the division leader in the National League Central.
St. Louis Cardinals mark start of playoff push in 14-inning win against Pittsburgh Pirates
The St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates have rarely played meaningful games against one another after the All-Star Break in the past 20 years, but this year their second-half matchups could be the most intriguing of the year.
The St. Louis Cardinals established the best record in Major League Baseball for much of the first half of the season because of their starting pitching rotation.