#14 - St. Louis
Offense: Not a great sign that 1st round pick Eric Hosmer is already their top bat.WsL Rank: 22nd
Starting Pitching: Somehow, this is an elite NL rotation. WsL Rank: 13th
Relief Pitching: Smells like big trade assets in July. WsL Rank: 7th
Scandal followed STL as ownership was ousted after the season amidst accusations of cheating and distributing performance-enhancing drugs to its players. After cutting as many corners as possible, however, the Roid Rage were unable to grab a playoff spot. Was it worth it? Probably not.
Final Record: 96-66, 3rd in NL Central
Team AVG: .269, 8th in the WsL
Team OBP: .345, T-6th in the WsL
Team SLG: .428, 9th in the WsL
Team ERA: 3.61, 6th in the WsL
Opponents AVG: .238, 3rd in the WsL
HR Allowed: 126, 4th in the WsL
Best Offseason Move|
Within moments of taking over, new ownership righted a wrong from years past by dealing Chase Utley and his monster contracts to the Narcs for Luke Hochevar. While Hochevar is unlikely to live up to his top-prospect billing, unloading 17M of salary could pay huge dividends for next year's free agency period.
Worst Offseason Move
The Naturals must be pulling splinters out of their jeans after straddling the fence in trade talks this off-season. There is nothing worse than gaining a reputation of being too afraid of making a bad trade. Given that ownership is sitting on tradable assets like Ramon Hernandez, Wilson Betemit, Andruw Jones, James Shields and others, will ownership pull the trigger?
PG's '11 Prediction
There's enough talent here that St. Louis could maaaaaybe hang around early in the season, but chances are they'll be selling at the deadline. 78-84 record.