[Yesterday was our turn to pose the daily roundtable to the intrepid crew of writers known as the United Cardinal Bloggers. As usual, the wisdom of the crowd didn’t disappoint.]
What individual Cardinal feat do you want to see in 2014? This can be as modest as “Jaime Garcia throws a pitch in a major-league game” to something as ambitious as “Matt Holliday wins the Triple Crown.” It can be a player breaking a team record. Feel free to list more than one player, as well as to give some explanation for your selection(s).
Since I grew up in the Whiteyball era, I truly miss the young guys making a huge impact. I want to see a Cardinal win Rookie of the Year. That’s my wish…
Matt Carpenter hit 55 doubles last year. In overtaking Stan Musial for the doubles record set by a left-handed hitter, Carpenter was still shy of Joe Medwick’s 2nd place record by one double and short of the franchise single-season record of 64 doubles. I would like to see him set the new single-season franchise record.
Also, I want to see Yadier Molina take home the NL MVP Award.
— Daniel Solzman
I’d like to see the Cardinals turn a triple play.
I’d like to see Tyler Lyons make 10-12 starts for the club.
And, finally, I’d like to see a record turnout at UCB Weekend, whenever that might be!
— Daniel Shoptaw, C70 At The Bat
I’d like to see Adam Wainwright become the first Cardinals pitcher to lead the National League in wins three times. He led the NL in wins in 2009 and 2013. The only other Cardinals to achieve that feat twice were Dizzy Dean (1934-35) and Mort Cooper (1943-44).
— Mark Tomasik, www.retrosimba.com
What I’d like to see in 2014: Allen Craig, World Series MVP.
— Christine Coleman, AaronMilesFastball.com
To add to the list that people have already stated, I’d like to see Craig continue to lead the MLB with runners in scoring position. I think the team as a whole will regress, but maybe Craig can defy the odds.
–Ben Chambers, The View From Here
I would like to see Carlos Martinez pitch 140 to 150 innings this year, whether at the major league or minor league level or combined. If the Cardinals are going to develop him as a starter, he needs innings to work on his secondary stuff and he’s not going to get them if he’s in the Cards pen all year or on the Memphis/St. Louis shuttle.
Martinez pitched only 120.2 innings last year (including the playoffs), 104.1 innings in 2012 and just 84.2 in 2011. He needs to keep increasing that figure if he is going to be a major league starter.
— Mark Sherrard, Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
The Cardinals’ lack of power in 2013 is concerning. I’d like to see Matt Adams hit 30 homers and be the power boost the big club needs.
I want to see 4/5ths of the rotation have solid, but dependable seasons, with some progression for the younger guys. By that, I’m hoping it holds together and the young arms stay intact. And by this, these are the markers I hope to see:
— Matt Whitener, Cheap Seats Please
I would love to see Kolten Wong have a solid first season. I’m not talking about a rookie of the year first choice. Just a solid and dependable season that puts the kids nerves at rest and solidifies himself as a major league second baseman.
He’s got the talent and I hope Cards fans have the time. I’m hopeful for a line reading like .275 BA, .350 OBP, 25 steals, 145 hits and maybe 5-7 triples. Anything else is icing on the cake.
That’s what I’d like. The Waino Cy and Rosenthal 40 save season don’t sound bad either.
— Dan Buffa, Sports Rants