Hope everyone is having a great 2008 so far. We are creeping closer and closer to spring training, which means that the Cardinals should start picking up the pace on transactions pretty soon.
Here are some predictions for 2008. Some are serious, some aren’t. (The ones that don’t happen are the non-serious ones, in case you can’t tell.)
*The Cardinals will win between 73-76 games. The only chance for a contending season, in my mind, is a fast start somehow, then hanging on until Carpenter gets back. The Cardinals would need Mulder to start strong from the get-go for this to happen, I think. Still, even with another sub-.500 season, we’ll have a lot to talk about and enjoy.
*Albert Pujols will hit .300 with 30 HR and 100 RBI. In other news, the sun will continue to rise in the east and set in the west.
*Scott Rolen will not be traded. After he starts off the season closer to his normal form, his attitude improves and he’s much more able to tolerate LaRussa. With his increased performance coupled with the lack of an immediate successor, Mozeliak decides to keep him on, though rumors will fly close to the trading deadline.
*Jim Edmonds gets at least two standing ovations in his first game back in Busch Stadium.
*Even with the rag-tag nature of the starting rotation, the team will post a better team ERA than they did in 2007.
*Colby Rasmus will be on the major league roster by the middle of June. He’ll struggle at first, but will show the form that has everyone excited by mid-August.
*The Reds will surprise people, coming in a strong second to the Brewers in the division.
*The Red Sox will not win another World Series title. Boston has to return to losing sometime. (Doesn’t it?)
*Brian Barton will play all season in the majors and become a fan favorite off the bench. He will get some starts, but TLR will not overexpose him.
*Chris Carpenter will not pitch in the major leagues until August.
*The Cardinals make a big splash in the 2008 free agent pool, signing an ace for the rotation and temporarily shutting up those that question ownership.
*I’ll keep blogging away on a regular basis.
Got your own predictions? Let’s see them in the comments.