If you're going to commit $15 million a year to your catcher because he's a great defensive player who controls the running game, you better maximize that value. In that spirit, the Cardinals should be liberal about not holding runners on at first base. One, it might encourage teams to take more shots running on Yadier Molina, who in his career has thrown out 44% of base stealers. Last year runners tested his arm just 65 times; if the Cards can induce more attempts, Molina might cost opponents a few more runs. Second, the Cardinals will be adjusting to life without Albert Pujols, who is fantastic at getting off the bag to cover the 3--4 hole and tremendous at starting the 3-6-3 double play. Lance Berkman doesn't have Pujols's range or arm, so if once or twice a game the Cards can buy Berkman two steps by having him not hold the runner, that could save a handful of hits a year and create extra double plays. This matters to the Cardinals' pitchers, who led the majors last year in groundball rate and should allow even more with righty Adam Wainwright returning to the mound.