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St. Louis Cardinals 2024 World Series Odds

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After going 93-69 and winning the National League Central in 2022, the St. Louis Cardinals fell to 71-91 in 2023. The Cardinals fired Mike Shildt after the 2021 season despite the fact that Shildt never had a losing record and produced three playoff campaigns in his final three seasons. Shildt’s replacement, Oliver Marmol, was the man who presided over the collapse. Marmol will be feeling serious heat in 2024, and there is no certainty that the Cardinals will pull out of their fall.

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In 2023, the St. Louis Cardinals had a record of 71-91 and finished 5th in the National League Central Division. Offensively, St. Louis ranked 19th for runs scored, 15th for batting average, 15th for OPS, 12th for home runs, and 20th for stolen bases.

Defensively, St. Louis ranked 24th for earned run average, 27th for WHIP, 9th for strikeouts, 23rd for quality starts, 4th for fewest errors, and 23rd for bullpen ERA. St. Louis was -1722 on the moneyline and -1471 on the run line.

Last season, the Cardinals were one of the worst values on the board. St. Louis is known as a perennial playoff contender so a bad season means catastrophe for gamblers backing them. So far, the Cardinals are getting a moderate amount of future market action, with gamblers expecting such a normally respected franchise to come back with a vengeance.

Key offseason acquisitions: RHP Sonny Gray, RHP Kyle Gibson, RHP Lance Lynn, RHP Andrew Kittredge, RHP Keynan Middleton, INF Matt Carpenter

Key offseason departures: RHP Adam Wainwright, OF Tyler O'Neill, C Andrew Knizner, OF Richie Palacios

Pitching was an unmitigated disaster for the Cardinals and their offseason focus. Pitching failed the Cardinals in 2023, as the team’s arms allowed the seventh-most runs and recorded the second-fewest strikeouts in the Majors. St. Louis set out to overhaul that group this offseason -- particularly the rotation -- striking early to sign veteran free agents Gray, Gibson, and Lynn to provide solid innings, hopefully. Did the Cardinals do enough to fortify in that area? Gray is the youngest of the team’s three new starters, at age 34, and most analytics still project the rotation as just the 19th-best in MLB.

Rebuilding the ragged rotation was clearly the Cardinals’ off-season focus, and they moved very quickly. Gray is a big upgrade, even if he’ll have a hard time sustaining last year’s homer-suppressing magic. Still, the rest of St. Louis’ offseason was seemingly spent raising the floor — or bringing back an old friend in Matt Carpenter — rather than raising the ceiling. For a team that lost a shocking 91 games in 2023 and plans to resume its “always a contender” status, that may not be enough.

St. Louis ranks 10th for MLB payroll.

St. Louis Cardinals Key Players

RHP Sonny Gray is the Cardinals' number-one starter. In 2023, gray was 8-8 with a 2.79 ERA and 1.15 WHIP.

1B Paul Goldschmidt produced 89 runs, 31 doubles, 25 home runs, and 80 RBI with a .268 average and .810 OPS.

St. Louis Cardinals Manager

Since 2022, Oliver Marmol has been the manager of the Cardinals. His career record is 164-160, with a Central Division title in 2022.

Season-by-Season Record (Since 2015)

2023 71 91 5th -
2022 93 69 1st Lost NLWC (Phillies) 2–0
2021 90 72 2nd Lost NLWC (Dodgers)
2020 30 28 2nd Lost NLWC (Padres) 2–1
2019 91 71 1st Lost NLCS (Nationals) 4–0
2018 88 74 3rd -
2017 83 79 3rd -
2016 86 76 2nd -
2015 100 62 1st Lost NLDS (Cubs) 3–1
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