Here’s a look at the predicted starters for the 07 season.
David Eckstein – Although Ecks won the World Series MVP, his regular season on base percentage and total bases were down from his 05 season. I expect his numbers to be back up this season and his defense will be solid as always.
Chris Duncan – Dunc surprised everyone with his offensive ability last season proving that he really does have the stuff to hit in the majors. Hopefully for the Cardinals he’s spent his off season working on improving his defense. With a full season of at bats look for Duncan to put up better numbers than his impressive rookie season and improved defense.
Albert Pujols – Do I really need to say anything? We all know what were going to get…MVP
Scott Rolen – Scott put up good numbers last season but suffered a bit towards the end of the season as his surgically repaired shoulder wore down. More than a year removed from his surgery and saying that he’s back to 100% Scotty will be back to his All-Star ways.
Jim Edmonds – Jim’s coming off his lowest season totals in home runs, RBI, and batting average since 1999. After a couple of off season surgeries Edmonds should have a healthier season. His best seasons are behind him but his offensive numbers will be up from last year and his defense will still be at a Gold Glove level.
Juan Encarnacion – I’ve never seen someone look as bad at the plate all season and still manage to put of a decent season like Juan did. I’ve never been a big fan of Juan and his skipping out on the World Series parade didn’t help things out at all, but he should put up respectable numbers this season.
Adam Kennedy – Finally the seasonal merry-go-round at second base seems to be over after the Cardinals signed Kennedy for three years. He plays solid defense and is better offensively than anyone that played the position last season. His familiarity with Eckstein from the days with the Angels will make the transition to a new team much easier.
Yadiar Molina – After a dismal season at the plate last season Molina seemed to find his stroke when it counted most hitting .358 with a .424 on base percentage during the playoffs. If he can keep that stroke going this season he could become the best catcher in baseball.