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Projected Top St. Louis Cardinals Stories of 2016

A look ahead to what may be the top stories surrounding the St. Louis Cardinals in 2016.

Past Predictions: TCN Blog’s Top Five Cardinals Stories of 2015

A look back at the top projected stories across the St. Louis Cardinals world in 2015 from last January.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #1: 100 Wins

Behind strong pitching, the St. Louis Cardinals prevailed in baseball’s toughest division to log the game’s most wins in 2015 and take their third consecutive division title.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #2: Losing to the Cubs

The Central Division Champion St. Louis Cardinals fell to the Wild Card Chicago Cubs in the National League Division Series.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #3: Coming in Second (for Free Agents)

The St. Louis Cardinals just missed out on three of their top free agent targets during the 2015-2016 off-season.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #4: Historically Great Pitching

The 2015 St. Louis Cardinals pitching staff posted the lowest team ERA in Major League Baseball since 1988.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #5: The FBI Investigation

In shocking and embarrassing news, the St. Louis Cardinals found themselves under Federal investigation for illegal access into the Houston Astros internal systems.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #6: The Rookie Outfield Trio

The 2015 St. Louis Cardinals received unexpected levels of contribution from three first-year outfielders – Randal Grichuk, Stephen Piscotty and Tommy Pham.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #7: Lackey the Interim Ace

With ace Adam Wainwright missing most of the 2015 season for the St. Louis Cardinals, veteran John Lackey stepped into the void.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #8: Overcoming Pitching Injuries

The 2015 St. Louis Cardinals led MLB in WAR lost due to injury, yet posted a historically-low team ERA.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #9: Carpenter’s Consistency

Despite a fatigue scare, St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter paced his 100-win team’s offense in 2015.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #10: Rosenthal Steps Up

St. Louis Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal upped his game in 2015, setting the new franchise single-season saves record.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #11: Outfield Churn

Expected to be stable in 2015, instead the St. Louis Cardinals outfield turned into a major area of churn with uneven performance, especially in center.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #13: Cardinals Hall of Fame Inductees

Four individuals joined the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame during 2015 – Ted Simmons, Bob Forsch, Curt Flood and George Kissell.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #14: Mike Leake Signing

Right-handed pitcher Mike Leake has become the newest member of the St. Louis Cardinals rotation.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #15: Jaime Garcia’s Comeback

Left-handed pitcher Jaime Garcia led the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals rotation in ERA and number of doubters.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #16: Carlos Martinez’ Breakout

23-year-old Carlos Martinez stepped forward to become one of the most effective starters in the St. Louis Cardinals rotation.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #17: Billion Dollar TV Contract

The St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a new 15-year television deal with FOX Sports Midwest running through 2032.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #18: Alex Reyes’ Suspension

The St. Louis Cardinals’ top prospect made a second blunder with marijuana use, slowing his impressive march toward the majors.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #19: First Base (Mis) Fortune

The St. Louis Cardinals had especially discouraging offensive results from their collection of first basemen in 2015.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #20: The Bench Turns Over

The St. Louis Cardinals will have a completely different group of bench players in 2016.

The Cardinal Nation Blog’s Top 20 Stories of 2015 Countdown

Annual series looking back at the top news items affecting the St. Louis Cardinals over the previous 12 months.

Projected Top Five St. Louis Cardinals Stories of 2015

A look ahead to what may be the top stories surrounding the St. Louis Cardinals in 2015.

Past Predictions: TCN Blog’s Top Five Cardinals Stories of 2014

A look back at the top projected stories across the St. Louis Cardinals world in 2014 from last January.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #1: Another Central Division Title

The 2014 St. Louis Cardinals spent five months in second place before taking over first in September and winning their second straight National League Central Division title on the final day of the season.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #2: Oscar Taveras’ Death Not About Baseball

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras died in October in his native Dominican Republic. His girlfriend also was killed in an automobile accident due to his drunken driving.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #3: Giants Squash Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals were again eliminated from MLB’s post-season by the eventual champion San Francisco Giants.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #4: Dodgers Dispatched in DS

The St. Louis Cardinals once again eliminated the Los Angeles Dodgers from MLB’s post-season as Matt Carpenter starred with the bat and Yasiel Puig wore the black hat.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #5: Quick Move to Add Heyward

The St. Louis Cardinals addressed their right field need by acquiring Jason Heyward from the Atlanta Braves.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #6: Peralta’s Positives

Through year one of Jhonny Peralta’s four-year contract, the risk taken by the St. Louis Cardinals in bringing in the controversial veteran shortstop paid off.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #7: The Lackey Trade

At the July 31 deadline, the St. Louis Cardinals added pitcher John Lackey and a minor leaguer for pitcher Joe Kelly and 1B/OF Allen Craig.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #8: Wong Perseveres

Rookie second baseman Kolten Wong persevered through demotion, injury and post-season benching to post a very strong rookie season for the St. Louis Cardinals.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #9: Another Cy Miss

Once again, St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright was a top candidate for the National League Cy Young Award, but again fell short in 2014.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #10: Right Field Rub

The St. Louis Cardinals received painfully little offense from the important right field position in 2014.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #11: Losing 2/5 of the Rotation

The St. Louis Cardinals had to make a series of adjustments to their rotation, including two trades, due to major injuries to Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #12: Losing the Most Valuable Asset

Somehow, the St. Louis Cardinals managed to remain in the playoff race for almost two months while Yadier Molina was injured.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #13: La Russa Enters Cooperstown

The long-time manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland A’s and Chicago White Sox, Tony La Russa, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #14: Centerfield Consistency

Prior to the season, if anyone had forecast consistency in centerfield for the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals, they probably would have been referring to Peter Bourjos, not Jon Jay.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #15: Four National League All-Stars

The 2014 St. Louis Cardinals had four National League All-Stars, plus their manager. The only two to appear in the game had a rough night.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #16: Carpenter’s Cardinals Commitment

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter inked a six-year contract this past spring, but his results were down in 2014.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #17: Rosenthal’s Rocky Road

St. Louis Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal usually got the job done in 2014, but it was often a wild ride.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #18: Change in Scouting Director

The St. Louis Cardinals remained in-house to replace Dan Kantrovitz as director of scouting with Chris Correa.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #19: Cardinals Hall of Fame Introduced

The St. Louis Cardinals finally implemented a team Hall of Fame, with 26 individuals already inducted.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #20: Ballpark Village Opens

A major enhancement to the Busch Stadium experience finally came to life in April.

The Cardinal Nation Blog’s Top 20 Stories of 2014 Countdown

Annual series looking back at the top news items affecting the St. Louis Cardinals over the previous 12 months.

Projected top five St. Louis Cardinals stories of 2014

A look ahead to what may be the top stories surrounding the St. Louis Cardinals in 2014.

Past predictions: TCN blog’s top five Cardinals stories of 2013

A look back at the top projected stories across the St. Louis Cardinal nation in 2013 from last January.

TCN blog 2013 top story #1: Stan Musial’s passing

On January 20, the greatest St. Louis Cardinals player of all time died.

TCN blog 2013 top story #2: Back on top of the National League

The 2013 St Louis Cardinals recaptured the National League Central Division crown for the first time since 2009 and tied for the best record in Major League Baseball.

TCN blog 2013 top story #3: Molina’s MVP bid

The days when some pundits trashed the St. Louis Cardinals for signing catcher Yadier Molina for a five-year, $75 million contract have long passed.

TCN blog 2013 top story #4: Matt Carpenter’s rise

All Matt Carpenter did in 2013 was learn a new position and serve as the National League champion’s leadoff hitter, amassing the most hits and runs scored in the league.

TCN blog 2013 top story #5: Wainwright’s continuing leadership

Adam Wainwright began the year with the news that he would have to lead the St. Louis Cardinals rotation without mentor Chris Carpenter. He carried a heavy load, leading MLB in innings pitched and tying for the National League wins with 19.

TCN blog 2013 top story #6: La Russa’s unanimous Hall selection

16-year, now-retired manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, Tony La Russa, will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

TCN blog 2013 top story #7: Miller’s puzzling rookie year

The St. Louis Cardinals relied on a rookie starter in the post-season, but it wasn’t the one most people expected. Still, the Cards would not have made it that far without Shelby Miller.

TCN blog 2013 top story #8: Wacha’s emergence

The St. Louis Cardinals ended up relying on a rookie starter in the post-season, but it wasn’t the one most people expected.

TCN blog 2013 top story #9: Chris Carpenter finally gives in

The 2013 St. Louis Cardinals did not have their veteran ace for the second consecutive year. Following the season, with his contract up, Chris Carpenter decided to retire.

TCN blog 2013 top story #10: Seamless closer transition

The St. Louis Cardinals unexpectedly replaced their closer multiple times during 2013 – and did so without much turbulence.

TCN blog 2013 top story #11: Young bullpen guns

The St. Louis Cardinals had to place unexpected responsibility on a trio of bullpen rookies in 2013 – and they answered.

TCN blog 2013 top story #12: The Freese-Bourjos trade

Following the 2013 season, the St. Louis Cardinals traded away two top 2011 contributors in an attempt to improve their 2014 play in centerfield.

TCN blog 2013 top story #13: Steady, unsteady rotation middle

Looking into the 2013 seasons of four members from the middle of the St. Louis Cardinals rotation.

TCN blog 2013 top story #14: Peralta, PEDs and penalties

The St. Louis Cardinals added a new shortstop but the size of the contract given a previously-suspended PED user alarmed some across the game.

TCN blog 2013 top story #15: The Craig-Adams two-step

The St. Louis Cardinals’ cleanup hitter went down in early August, but a rookie stepped up to help fill the void.

TCN blog 2013 top story #16: Missing Motte

The St. Louis Cardinals’ closer sat out the entire 2013 season, but the team thrived anyway.

TCN blog 2013 top story #17: Eventful external minor league ownership

The St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league clubs not owned by them have been in the news during 2013.

TCN blog 2013 top story #18: Beltran walks again

The St. Louis Cardinals’ top home run hitter in 2012 and 2013 has left the club as a free agent.

TCN blog 2013 top story #19: Oscar’s ongoing ouchie

One in the top handful of prospects in all of baseball did not make his major league debut for the 2013 St. Louis Cardinals due to injury.

TCN blog 2013 top story #20: Matheny’s extension

The St. Louis Cardinals gave their young and successful manager a contract extension this fall.

Counting down The Cardinal Nation blog’s top 20 stories of 2013

Annual series looking back at the top news items affecting the St. Louis Cardinals over the previous 12 months.

Projected top five St. Louis Cardinals stories of 2013

A look ahead to the top projected stories across the Cardinal Nation in 2013.

Reviewing predictions: TCN Blog’s top five Cardinals stories of 2012

A look back at the top projected stories across the Cardinal Nation in 2012 from one year ago.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #1: NLDS comeback over Washington

In the 2012 National League Division Series, the St. Louis Cardinals came back to defeat the favored Washington Nationals.

TCN Blog 2012 Cardinals top story #2: The NLCS collapse

Needing just one win to return to the World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals lost three straight to San Francisco in the National League Championship Series.

TCN Blog 2012 Cardinals top story #3: Wild Card win in Atlanta

In the first-ever National League Wild Card game, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Atlanta Braves on the road.

TCN Blog 2012 Cardinals top story #4: Molina, team MVP

Veteran St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina continues to improve each season. 2012 was no exception.

TCN Blog 2012 Cardinals top story #5: Lohse’s contract year

Veteran right-hander Kyle Lohse made what appears to be his final St. Louis Cardinals season a memorable one.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #6: Matheny’s managerial rookie year

On November 13, 2011, Mike Matheny was named as the new manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, replacing retired Tony La Russa. While his club was unable to repeat as World Champions, the 42-year-old had a solid first season in the job. Prior to his hire, Matheny had been a special assistant to general manager […]

TCN Blog 2012 Cardinals top story #7: The Class of 2006

Two young St. Louis Cardinals players assumed major roles for the 2012 playoff-bound club, centerfielder Jon Jay and first baseman Allen Craig.

TCN Blog 2012 Cardinals top story #8: Berkman’s fade

Another major contributor to the St. Louis Cardinals 2011 World Championship missed most of 2012 due to a series of injuries.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #9: Carp’s injury and comeback

The St. Louis Cardinals relied heavily on Chris Carpenter in 2011, but the veteran right-hander was unavailable for much of 2012.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #10: Five in the first round

St. Louis Cardinals had five selections in the first round of the 2012 draft, their most in over two decades.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #11: All-star Lynn wins 18 games

In his first year in the St. Louis Cardinals’ rotation, second-year pitcher Lance Lynn led his team in victories.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #12: Motte logs every save

The St. Louis Cardinals ninth-inning relief situation changed 180 degrees between 2011 and 2012.

TCN Blog 2012 top Cardinals story #13: Mujica’s mound magic

The 2012 St. Louis Cardinals made an under-the-radar trade at the deadline that met their needs perfectly, adding reliever Edward Mujica.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #14: Kozma’s surprising September

The 2012 St. Louis Cardinals had a surprise standout at shortstop during the final weeks of the season – former first-rounder Pete Kozma.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #15: Rosenthal’s rise

The hard-throwing right-hander made the unusual move from Double-A to the majors before settling into the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals bullpen.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #16: Kelly steps in and delivers

Twice, rookie right-hander Joe Kelly moved into the rotation for others and delivered for the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #17: Miller’s time finally arrives

The St. Louis Cardinals’ top prospect made his major league debut in September.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #18: McGwire leaves St. Louis for LA

The St. Louis Cardinals’ hitting coach and former star left one home for another with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #19: Texas League Champs in Springfield

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Double-A affiliate in Springfield, MO took home its first Texas League title.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #20: Returning to Peoria and State College

The St. Louis Cardinals changed two Class-A affiliates for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, returning to familiar locations.

Counting down The Cardinal Nation Blog’s top 20 stories of 2012

Annual series looking back at the top news items affecting the St. Louis Cardinals over the previous 12 months.

Off-the-wall Cardinals story ideas for 2012

Seven lower-odds storylines possibly ahead for the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals. Or not.

TCN Blog reader top Cardinals stories of 2011

Readers vote to select their top stories of the year for the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals.

Projected top five St. Louis Cardinals stories of 2012

A look ahead to the top projected stories across the Cardinal Nation in 2012.

Reviewing the predictions: TCN Blog’s top five Cardinals stories of 2011

A look back at the top projected stories across the Cardinal Nation in 2011 from one year ago.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #1: 11th World Championship

In 2011, the underdog St. Louis Cardinals won their 11th championship of Major League Baseball.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #2: Pujols leaves

St. Louis Cardinals’ superstar first baseman Albert Pujols left behind his only home as a professional for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #3: La Russa retires

The St. Louis Cardinals’ managerial stability has ended with the retirement of Tony La Russa.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #4: Historic regular season comeback

No team in history overcame a Wild Card deficit of 10 or more games to win the World Series – until the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals did it.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #5: NLDS win over Phillies

The heavy underdog St. Louis Cardinals defeated the team with baseball’s best record, the Philadelphia Phillies, in the first round of the 2011 playoffs.