Despite losing pitching ace Chris Carpenter to a shoulder injury, the Cardinals can be a viable World Series contender, according to St. Louis left fielder Matt Holliday.
“I've never been around such an amazing competitor, leader that he is,” Holliday said. “Losing Carp is a huge punch. But at the same time we didn't have him last year until the last two or three weeks of the season.”
Last season, the Cardinals staged a dramatic rally in Game 5 to win a division series against the Washington Nationals before being eliminated by San Francisco in seven games in the National League Championship Series.
The previous season, the Cardinals won the world championship, rallying in Game 6 against Texas to force a Game 7, which St. Louis won.
“It's really been a dream come true,” Holliday said. “With all the adversity we had last year to make it as far as we did with a new manager, without Albert Pujols, for us to be one game away from the World Series, it was a lot of fun.”
Holliday, a six-time All-Star, is confident highly regarded young pitchers such as Joe Kelly, Shelby Miller and Trevor Rosenthal can help offset losing Carpenter.