The St. Louis Cardinals had a much stronger debut to 2011 than many could have guessed, and despite a rash of injuries and bouts with inconsistency, they are still in the drivers seat in the National League Central. However, the playing field is far from level and they are in the middle of the tightest race in the League.
What will it take for the Cardinals to finish as strong, or stronger, than they began. What parts of the roster must be addressed if they are going to keep up with rest of the N.L. elite. And can they finally find some luck in the health department and field their full team at once? Those issues and more in a look ahead at what faces the club as the second half of the season looms.
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