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Albert Chen
April 05, 2004
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Cardinals
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April 05, 2004

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Cardinals

"This team is not as strong as it was last year, and when you look at what Chicago and Houston have done, I don't even see the Cardinals fighting for the wild card. Yes, they've got formidable bats, but they're going to miss Fernando Vi´┐Ża's spark at the top of the order, and the rotation is very thin and significantly weaker than it's been....

Woody Williams hasn't been healthy this spring, and that's really bad news. Jason Marquis needs to stop being a thrower and become a pitcher. Chris Carpenter is coming back from Tommy John surgery, and he does have good stuff. He can be a wild card, and could be a good buy behind Matt Morris....

Jason Isringhausen, the closer, has looked healthy this spring. He'll stabilize the bullpen, but it's still got problems....

Steve Kline has pitched 100 innings four years in a row, and he really looks like he's hit a wall....

Ray King will drive you nuts with walks and deep counts....

What's really disappointing about this club is that it has not trotted out any young talent recently to give its staff a boost."