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Cardinals Being Disrespected by ESPN Opening Day Power Rankings

Larry Rupp
The St. Louis Cardinals are being disrespected by ESPN's Opening Day power rankings.
The St. Louis Cardinals are being disrespected by ESPN's Opening Day power rankings. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Opening Day is almost here and that means it is time to start looking at which teams seem poised to make a postseason run and which do not. ESPN released its MLB power rankings before the season kicks off and the St. Louis Cardinals are being disrespected right out of the gate.

The Cardinals are ranked No. 14 in the MLB and one spot behind another NL Central team in the Milwaukee Brewers. However, St. Louis has the roster depth and overall talent necessary to be viewed as a top 10 team heading into the season.

St. Louis Cardinals Power Rankings

In an offseason full of impactful moves, the Cardinals made one of the biggest splashes by trading for five-time All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado. Pairing him up alongside first baseman Paul Goldschmidt gives St. Louis one of the best one-two offensive punches in the league.

Upgrading the lineup was key for a team that averaged just 4.20 runs per game last season (No. 24 in the MLB). They have accomplished that goal and are bringing back the bulk of a pitching staff that ended the 2020 season with the ninth-lowest earned run average (ERA) in the MLB (4.01).

This is definitely an intriguing team, but they have made the postseason in each of the last two seasons. Staying healthy will be important, but there is no reason that the Cardinals should be entering the season outside of the top 10 in the power rankings.

The Cardinals enter the season with +100 odds to win the NL Central and +2200 odds to win the World Series, according to MLB odds posted on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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