The St. Louis Cardinals: 2000 Season
This article talks about the chances the 2000 St. Louis Cardinals have to succeed in the central division of the national league in major league baseball.
The St. Louis Cardinals have been one of the most interesting teams in the National League Central division over the past few years. Since the Cardinals acquired slugger Mark McGwire from the Oakland A's in a blockbuster deal several years ago, St. Louis has undoubtedly been one of the most talented teams in the league. But due to an almost unbelievable string of injuries, mostly affected the pitching staff, the Cardinals have been a mediocre team almost every year with the exception of one postseason which took them to within one game of the World Series.
Generally speaking, the Cardinals come into spring training one of the favorites to win the division but soon after injuries take the team out of the race.
This year's pitching staff, however, is very talented and deep and has thus far avoided the injury bug. The trades the Cardinals have made for frontline starters Daryl Kile and Pat Hentgen have proven to be very beneficial, and surprising Garret Stephenson has provided a fresh young arm to add depth to the rotation. The best acquisition, however, has no doubt been the one not involving a pitcher. Center fielder Jim Edmonds was known for making spectacular plays in the field but being a very inconsistent player overall in his days with the California Angels. But this year he had one of the best months of April for any Cardinal ever, and has continued his excellent play in the outfield. With all of these factors, the Cardinals are looking good to win the Central this season.