2019 St. Louis Cardinals Season Preview and Betting Picks

by | Mar 25, 2019 | Baseball

2019 St. Louis Cardinals

Owner – William DeWitt Jr & Fred Hanser

Manager –  Mike Schildt

Stadium Venue:  Busch Stadium 

Location: St. Louis, Missouri

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The St. Louis Cardinals were a player or two away last year from competing for the NL Central Division.  

Well Cardinals fans, your team went out and traded for that one player.  The Cardinals picked up a franchise player and premier 1st basemen, Paul Goldschmidt and they believe he is the player to turn this team into a World Series contender!  

Did the Cardinals make the right moves in the offseason or are they still a player away in a tough and competitive NL Central Division.

2019 St. Louis Cardinals Management

The St. Louis Cardinals are Managed by Mike Shildt.  Shildt took over the Cardinals midway through last season, after St. Louis parted ways with former manager Mike Matheny.  During his 3 months with the team to close out the regular season, he led the Cardinals to a record of 41-28.

Shildt has been with the Cardinals organization for many years, mainly in the minor leagues/farm system.  Shildt spent several years growing through the organization, starting at the Cardinals Short Season-A affiliate in 2009 and rapidly being promoted to Double-A, Triple-A and now, with the big ball team, St. Louis Cardinals.  

2018 St. Louis Cardinals Recap

The St. Louis Cardinals finished in 3rd place in the National League Central Division.  They ended their season with a record of 88-74. Cardinals ended up just 2.5 games out of the 2nd NL Wild-Card spot and for a team that started off 15-12 through the first 27 games of the season.   

The Cardinals made their switch at Manager and things started to head in the right direction.  In August, they were one of the hottest teams in baseball under new Manager Mike Shildt. Shildt led the Cardinals to a record of 22-6 in August.

The Cardinals are hoping that an entire year under Shildt will prove beneficial and get this team back to the postseason.

St. Louis Cardinals Offseason Signings and Departures

The Cardinals already had a strong base in St. Louis but they were missing that one key element to get them over the hump. That one player, the Cardinals picked up in a trade in the offseason as a Christmas present to the fans of St. Louis.  

The Cardinals traded for Paul Goldschmidt and now they have a face of the franchise. Goldschmidt has spent his entire career with the Arizona Diamondbacks and now comes to St. Louis where he is going to be the target and be expected to carry the role of leader for the Cardinals. 

  • Mar 23, 2019 Paul Goldschmidt 1B Signed
  • Feb 26, 2019 Miles Mikolas RP Signed  
  • Feb 23, 2019 Jose Martinez RF Signed  
  • Jan 11, 2019 Michael Wacha SP Signed  
  • Jan 11, 2019 Marcell Ozuna CF Signed  
  • Jan 11, 2019 Dominic Leone RP Signed  
  • Dec 21, 2018 Andrew Miller RP Signed as Free Agent  
  • Dec 11, 2018 Drew Robinson 3B Traded From Texas (for 3B Patrick Wisdom)
  • Dec 10, 2018 Ryan Meisinger RP Acquired Off Waivers From Baltimore
  • Dec 9, 2018 Jerome Williams Retired
  • Dec 5, 2018 Paul Goldschmidt 1B Traded From Arizona (for RHP Luke Weaver, four-player deal)
  • Nov 30, 2018 Chasen Shreve RP Signed
  • Nov 2, 2018 Alex Mejia SS Declared Free Agency
  • Nov 2, 2018 Steven Baron C Declared Free Agency
  • Nov 2, 2018 Edward Mujica RP Declared Free Agency
  • Nov 2, 2018 Tommy Layne RP Declared Free Agency
  • Nov 2, 2018 Wilfredo Tovar SS Declared Free Agency
  • Nov 1, 2018 Francisco Pena C Declared Free Agency
  • Oct 29, 2018 Adam Wainwright SP Declared Free Agency
  • Oct 29, 2018 Matt Adams 1B Declared Free Agency
  • Oct 29, 2018 Adam Wainwright SP Signed as Free Agent  
  • Oct 29, 2018 Bud Norris SP Declared Free Agency
  • Oct 29, 2018 Tyson Ross SP Declared Free Agency
  • Oct 1, 2018 Tyler Lyons SP Refused Minor League Assignment – Free Agent
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2019 St. Louis Cardinals Projected Lineup

This lineup for the Cardinals should be illegal!  They are going to have a lot of pop in their bats this year and they are going to put some runs on the scoreboard.

With picking up first basemen Paul Goldschmidt, they have added a much-needed power bat in the lineup and also someone that can hit for a high average.  Goldy is one of the best all-around players in the game and he should once again compete for the top bat in the National League in 2019.

From top-to-bottom, this lineup is really powerful and can really put up the runs.  I look for this team to be involved in many overs this year and be one of the highest scoring teams in baseball.

  1. Matt Carpenter – 3B
  2. Dexter Fowler – RF
  3. Paul Goldschmidt – !B
  4. Marcell Ozuna – LF
  5. Paul DeJong – SS
  6. Yadier Molina – C
  7. Kolten Wong – 2B
  8. Harrison Bader – CF

2019 St. Louis Cardinals Pitching Staff

The Cardinals Pitching staff will be led, at least to start the year, by Miles Mikolas.  Mikolas was great in 2018, posting 18 wins in 32 starts and holding a 2.83 ERA. Mikolas lasted 200.2 innings and was the best pitcher on the Cardinals rotation.

Jack Flaherty should be the #2 starter in the rotation.  Flaherty did not get to .500 last year, posting a 8-9 record and having a 3.34 ERA in 2018.  The lineup will be rounded out by Dakota Hudson, Michael Wacha and Adam Wainwright.

  • Miles Mikolas – R
  • Jack Flaherty – R
  • Dakota Hudson – R
  • Michael Wacha – R
  • Adam Wainwright – R

When Carlos Martinez returns from his shoulder injury, he will be an immediate impact on the team.  There is no real timeframe on when he will return but he will be a pleasant addition and potential ace of the rotation.

2019 St. Louis Cardinals Outlook and Betting Preview

The Cardinals are a very interesting team in 2019. They had a strong offense last year but got even better with the addition of Paul Goldschmidt this season.  Last year, the pitching staff was young but still found ways to have an 18 game winner and stand strong as a reliable rotation.  They will be dealing with some injuries in the beginning of the season but once they recover, they will be strong!  

The folks over at MyBookie have set the line on the St. Louis Cardinals winning the World Series at +1400 and to win the NL Pennant for +750.  They have made the line for the Cardinals winning the NL Central at +220 and set the regular season wins total number at 88.5 games.

I won't play the Cardinals at +750 to win the NL Pennant or at +220 on the division line but at +1400 to win the World Series, I may take a chance. This team has a chance, no doubt, and if they get healthy pitching, this team could go on a run to get to the World Series. 

Be sure you check out the 2019 MLB Season Preview and Betting Guide to see more team previews and an overall outline on the 2019 MLB Season. 

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