4. NL Central Power Rankings: St. Louis Cardinals (71-91)
Cardinals' fans are not used to being this bad. This was the first season the St. Louis Cardinals have missed the postseason since 2018. The Cardinals' 71 wins is their fewest since 1995. Think about that for one minute. Since 1995, the Cards have just five losing seasons.
If you expect the Cardinals to just sit on their hands this winter, you haven't been paying attention. St. Louis might be the most active team in free agency this offseason and will definitely be looking to upgrade their starting rotation.
As bad as the Cincinnati Reds pitching was this past season, St. Louis' was even worse. Only the Colorado Rockies and Washington Nationals allowed more run in the National League than the Cardinals. Look for St. Louis to target hurlers like Blake Snell, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Sonny Gray in free agency.
But the Cardinals' bats didn't really get it done in 2023 either. The Pittsburgh Pirates were the only team in the NL Central who scored fewer runs than St. Louis. The Cards had a -110 run differential this past season.
The Cardinals Top 5 leaders in bWAR this past season were position players. If the Cardinals are able to piece together some semblance of a starting rotation this winter, Oliver Marmol's ball club could valut to the front of the line very quickly.