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Wainwright injury another blow for Pujols

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08:23 AM ET 02.24 | Adam Wainwright over the past two-plus seasons has been one of baseball's best pitchers, and his loss leaves a great hole in the Cardinals lineup. If this means a sentence of .500 doom for the Cardinals, then how does that play in the Albert Pujols drama? With another disappointing season, will the team be able to convince Pujols that he'll have a winning team around him if he stays? Moreover, if Wainwright has Tommy John surgery, he'll probably miss time in 2012. If the Cardinals fail to make the playoffs again in 2011, it will be the fourth miss in five seasons, with no postseason wins since 2006. At that point Pujols might be more inclined to take his talents to a wealthier, more financially empowered franchise that packs enough payroll to offset injuries.

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February 24, 2011  08:53 AM ET

Man, that heading sucks to high heaven. To hell with Pujols - what about the entire team and the fan base?

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February 24, 2011  09:16 AM ET

Albert to the red sox.............they have the money and know how to spend it

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February 24, 2011  09:26 AM ET
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The balance has just shifted within the division

You got that right. The Cardinals simply aren't the same team without Wainwright.

February 24, 2011  09:31 AM ET
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Albert to the red sox.............they have the money and know how to spend it

If Albert truly loves his privacy, and is use to the press coddling him and treating him like he's the second coming of JC, then Boston will not be a good fit...............

February 24, 2011  09:34 AM ET

where are the mods?

February 24, 2011  09:43 AM ET
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where are the mods?

Sleeping.

morning baddog.

February 24, 2011  09:44 AM ET
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If Albert truly loves his privacy, and is use to the press coddling him and treating him like he's the second coming of JC, then Boston will not be a good fit...............

That's what I've been saying. Albert is King in STL, and he might be in for a very rude awakening if he goes to a big market team.

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February 24, 2011  09:48 AM ET

Losing Wainwright is a bick kick in the shins for the Cards. Thier rotation is still better than most teams, but I think this makes the Brewers the favorite. Cincy's got a very good team too, but Milwaukee really made good moves in the offseason.

 
February 24, 2011  09:49 AM ET

Pujols will not be going to Boston. He won't DH at this point in his career, and neither will AGon. The only other place Pujols can play defensively is left, and the Sox have some guy named Crawford there.

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