I would call this a very okay year for the Cardinals. The outfield finally works, hot damn. The pitching needed a lot of help. Some of the veterans are failing them. Adam Wainwright isn't. They made the playoffs but got bounced by the Dodgers. It was always gonna be some level of heartbreak.
Perhaps the best year of anybody I didn't customize during the season was from Kwang-Hyun Kim. In his second season in the US, Kim had more of a stronghold on the rotation [due to a lot of injuries], starting 21 games, and walking away with a 3.46 ERA and 80 Ks. Along with Wainwright, he was one of the more consistent starting weapons the Cardinals deployed.
2022 Prediction: A few steps downward with a stronger rotation, but will still be utilized properly.
2022 Prediction: If anyone signs him, his role will be extremely limited.
2022 Prediction: In a make or break season, Mikolas has his best season to date. Or...he breaks something else.
2022 Prediction: More of the same, and perhaps more saves if Reyes gets injured.
2022 Prediction: In July, the Cardinals are going to make a big move for a starting pitcher. Nootbaar will be the biggest piece of the return. I don't think he has room to become a star in St. Louis. It'll have to happen somewhere else.
2022 Prediction: A low market team will sign him, and he'll retire with dignity.
2022 Prediction: Will be an unexpected threat for a contender. Like Lester, I think he's done after next year.
Tomorrow, some last summations on a tumultuous Cubs year.