(KMOV)-- The Cardinals' post season aspirations took a direct hit with the Adam Wainwright injury. But is it necessarily a death blow? I don't think so, provided they remain relatively healthy elsewhere.
The line up has big run potential. First I expect the Pujols-Holliday combo to be more potent from opening day than it was in 2010. And the addition of Lance Berkman will take some heat off both of the Cardinals superstars. But, the key to me is the health of David Freese. The Cards were a different team after he went down in 2010. Not only does he give you a superior glove at third base but he also gives the line up real depth. If he and Berkman contribute all season long it will be a very deep order. I like the potential of this order: Theriot, Rasmus, Pujols, Holliday, Berkman, Freese, Molina, and Schumaker. That's a line up capable of scoring a lot of runs.
One other thing the Cards have going for them--they're not trying to chase down the Yankees or Red Sox. Although the Central keeps improving, it won't take 100 wins to win the division. There is no super team setting the pace.
Is this is a good day in Cardinals nation? Certrainly not. But I think Tony La Russa does his best work when his team faces adversity. He'll have them competitive even without the National League's leader in wins, innings pitched and earned run average the past two seasons.