The 2015 season was an incredible year for the St. Louis Cardinals. The team eclipsed their 100 win mark on September 30 while clinching their third consecutive division title. Since 2005, this was the first time the Redbirds had won at least 100 games in a season—showing strong consistency after they finished the 2014 season with a 90–72 record and landed first in the NL Central for the second straight year.
The Cards had some interesting roster moves this year. The team kicked off the 2015 season by renewing John Lackey’s contract, despite his injuries in 2014. Lackey’s placement in the team gave the Redbirds veteran presence. He was durable and reliable when the team needed him to be its ace by default.
Outfielders like Randal Grichuk and Matt Carpenter performed well this year. While a pair of injuries spoiled his season, Grichuk showed his offensive potential by carrying the team after Matt Holliday was injured the second time. Carpenter, meanwhile, was quite impressive in some games. He was slicker with more home runs compared to 2014.
On the pitcher side, I was quite impressed by Carlos Martinez, who showed more control and composure. He seemed an entirely different guy, especially during the team’s bout with the Chicago Cubs. Other notable players include Catcher Yadier Molina and Closer Trevor Rosenthal, who saved nearly 50 games in his innings.
Now, despite losing to the Cubs in the division series, I firmly believe that these consecutive winnings for the past two years signify a strong return for the Cards next season.