Just a reminder – many, many teams have won the World Series without The Machine.
I think the Cardinals are strong all the way through the lineup. If Berkman plays to 75% of the level of last year, Beltran plays to his potential, and Holliday steps it up just a small notch, the Cardinals will definitely be contenders. The pitching staff is as strong as nearly any in the National League and, in my opinion, is the strongest in the Central.
In truth, it feels like the start of another fun season is mere weeks away.