Everyone loves watching home runs and exciting offense, but the teams that win championships all have strong pitching and the Cardinals have exactly that. With a rotation that features Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, John Lackey and Michael Wacha it's hard to bet against the Cardinals starting five.
The Cardinals made a blockbuster move early in the off season when they acquired Jason Heyward via trade from the Atlanta Braves. Heyward, who hit .271 with 11 homers and 58 RBI last season, will be a welcome addition to the Cardinals offense. Heyward is also the defending Gold Glove Award winner and will provide the Cardinals with a major presence in right field.
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The Cardinals Know How To Win
The past seven seasons can't be ignored. The Cardinals have developed a culture of winning and success ultimately leads to more success. St. Louis knows how to win and the confidence that comes with that experience will help the Cardinals on their quest to a third straight division title.
Wainwright Is Healthy
Injury concerns popped up toward the end of the 2014 season and ultimately Adam Wainwright underwent an offseason elbow surgery. However, the 33 year old ace of the Cardinals will enter the 2015 season healthy and that is great news for the Cardinals and their fans. In 2014 Wainwright won 20 games and posted a 2.38 ERA, if the three-time All Star can put together another strong campaign – and there's not reason to believe he won't – the Cardinals are in good shape.
Experience With Adversity
From slumps to Yadier Molina's injury, to various other struggles, the Cardinals faced plenty of on-field adversity in 2014. Adversity is part of every baseball season and as the 2015 season gets underway more troubles are sure to pop up. The Cardinals have a strong core of veterans and experience dealing with tough times, which will undoubtedly help them in the long run.