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07:27 AM ET 02.13 | As Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and his staff met to officially open spring training on Wednesday in Jupiter, they saw something was different. [They] realized that even with an enviable abundance of pitchers, something was lacking. There were so few veterans to choose from as group leaders. The kids are taking over. "Some of the guys we have as leaders in the groups don't have a lot of experience. That's just kind of the team we have," Matheny said. "It also is a great compliment, too, and a great challenge. ... Typically when you start putting those groups together you've got guys with six, seven, eight years of service that are out there trying to lead a group. We've got some younger players, and I know they'll be ready for it."

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Mike Matheny, US Presswire Mike Matheny, US Presswire
February 13, 2014  07:52 AM ET

The Cardinals are really hurting from losing Pujols, huh?

February 13, 2014  07:53 AM ET

Have to say, as a lifelong St. Louis fan, that the current Cardinals are the most beloved IMO since the '80s Herzog edition.

February 13, 2014  09:06 AM ET

Their pitching will carry them a long way toward the division title, but as we all seen in the WS their bats sometimes goes dead and the big question for the Birds this year can they keep up with the pitching and secure another division title.

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February 13, 2014  09:58 AM ET

Yep - it's a pain having a contender just about every year...... sooooo much frustration only having 11 titles, of which 2 in the last decade with 4 WS appearances..... yep... it's a drag alright....


<pulls pin on Sarcasm Grenade and tosses into room.....>

February 13, 2014  11:02 AM ET

Freese its gone and peter Bourjos is in town,lets see IF Bourjos can take any advantage in this huges oportunity,after all with the angels there was always something injuries and freak accidents but never was able to overcome the full playing time in Anaheim!!

February 13, 2014  11:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Their pitching will carry them a long way toward the division title, but as we all seen in the WS their bats sometimes goes dead and the big question for the Birds this year can they keep up with the pitching and secure another division title.

new season,new challenge for everybody at san louis but other than that the team will overcome any camel hump!!

February 13, 2014  12:13 PM ET
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They are loved in Boston too.

What makes winning the WS more special in Boston is that the Red Sox beat the best the NL has to offer.

February 13, 2014  06:33 PM ET
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What makes winning the WS more special in Boston is that the Red Sox beat the best the NL has to offer.

nothing wrong with losing the World Series. 28 other teams would love to do so

 
February 14, 2014  11:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Have to say, as a lifelong St. Louis fan, that the current Cardinals are the most beloved IMO since the '80s Herzog edition.

Agree with you even though I am a Dodgers fan

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