Like many of you perhaps, I try to allocate some time each day to read what others have to say about baseball and specifically, the Cardinals, and even more specifically, how others view their chances to take it all this season. Many of those stories I find easily by linking from Leonda Markee's time-saving, daily Cards in the News feature on this site.
Other times, I strike out on my own. One such excursion led me to a site called Beyond the Boxscore, which bills itself as "A Sabermetrics Blog". At any given time, there are a number of fresh, interesting topics presented there; especially stimulating for those who get into the numbers side of the game.
That is where I ran across an excellent three-part series published this week by a writer named Dan Scotto, who doubles as a student at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. Based on a question from one of his readers, Scotto decided to take on those burning questions I mentioned above in his series entitled "Rigging the Deck: The Cards, 2004 v. 2005".
As you can surmise from the description, Scotto digs into a quantitative position-by-position comparison of this year's team versus last year's.
The articles are well-researched and of course, statistically-grounded. At the end, Scotto brings it all together with a view of the 2005 team in total. He concludes with a look at the Cardinals' competition in both leagues and assesses their chances of winning it all.
I think you will like the bottom line and as a result, I highly recommend you check this series out.
Brian Walton can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.