Today's Major League Baseball's official Opening Day, considered by thousands of St. Louisans as an unofficial holiday. And while the St. Louis Cardinals' home opener is really where it's at, that's not stopping us from getting into the baseball mood!
There's no shortage of story lines for the 2012 Cardinals as they look to defend last season's when the season kicks off today against the Miami Marlins.
The team is missing perhaps three of its biggest names of the past decade in , pitching coach Dave Duncan—both of whom retired—and, of course,
Former Cards catcher Mike Matheny is the new manager. And the Redbirds will look to fill the void left by Pujols with a handful of new and familiar names.
Baseball Prospectus, a website dedicated to sabermetric analysis, has the Cardinals winning 89 games and winning the National League Central this season. And ESPN's Power Rankings rates the Redbirds as the ninth best team in the league.
How many games do you think the Cardinals will win this season? Will they make the playoffs?
Do you think Chris Carpenter will make a difference this season? Can Adam Wainwright contend for the Cy Young?
And what about the offense? Will David Freese continue his torrid 2011 playoff pace? Can Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman make up for the absence of Albert Pujols?