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How Big a Surprise Are the St. Louis Cardinals?

Published by on May 3, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

The NL Central was supposed to belong to the Chicago Cubs. They were the ones with the loaded lineup and enough pitching to carry them to another division crown.

A month into the season, there is a team with a loaded lineup and pitching to back it up, but instead of Cubbie Blue, this team wears Cardinal Red.

Currently at 17-8, the Cardinals have ridden the torrid start of reigning MVP Albert Pujols. With nine home runs, many believe Pujols is more focused than ever before.

One of the keys to Albert's success is how well he is protected. In the past, it was a problem, as no one could consistently find success batting cleanup behind Pujols.

This season, however, Ryan Ludwick has been just as pro...

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