St. Louis Cardinals Season Preview and Tickets

The St. Louis Cardinals will be looking to defend their National League Central crown in 2023 after finishing with a 93-69 record last season. The Cards dominated in 2022, finishing 7.0 games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers and a full 31.0 games ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds.

The Cardinals start the season at home as they welcome the Toronto Blue Jays to Busch Stadium for a three-game series that begins on Thursday, March 30. They follow this up with a three-game tilt against the Atlanta Braves that should be a great barometer of where each team is early in the season. The Cardinals then have home series against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks to finish their April home slate.

Here are three questions for the Cardinals ahead of the 2023 season.

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Three Key Questions

Can they make the postseason again?

The Los Angeles Dodgers may have put up gaudy win totals of late, but when it comes to true consistency, no team in baseball does it as well as the St. Louis Cardinals. This team is looking to make the postseason for the fifth consecutive season, and it is hard to remember a time since the turn of the century when the Cardinals can be described as bad. They are able to do this by making the right decisions in free agency – be it signing stars or veterans that add to the team – while bringing through a mix of rookies and young players hungry to make an impact on the league. This is the formula they will try to use once again in 2023.

What do they look like without Yadier Molina?

The team has been consistently good to great, and through it all, they have had a stabilizing presence behind the plate in catcher Yadier Molina. Molina retired at the end of last season, ending a career that lasted almost two decades with the Cardinals after joining the team in 2004. The Cards knew this was coming, so they added Wilson Contreras for almost $90 million this offseason. The knock on Contreras is his ability to call a game and his perceived lack of defensive skills. His offensive upside will be a boost on what Molina provided, but how can he replace one of the all-time great defensive catchers and a player with the leadership skills of Molina?

Can the pitching staff stay healthy?

The Cards’ lineup is perhaps the best in baseball. They have an infield that every other team in the league should be jealous of and plenty of competition for outfield spots. Where things get a little interesting is the pitching. The talent there is unquestionable, with all the pitchers from the top of the rotation starters through to the bottom of the rotation guys have seen plenty of success. Jack Flaherty needs a healthy season as the projected ace, but his last full campaign was back in 2019. If the pitching staff stays healthy and produces, it is hard to see anyone else winning the NL Central.

Upcoming Cardinals Home Games (Before the All-Star Break)

Thu, March 30 – Toronto Blue Jays

Sat, April 1 – Toronto Blue Jays

Sun, April 2 – Toronto Blue Jays

Mon, April 3 – Atlanta Braves

Tue, April 4 – Atlanta Braves

Wed, April 5 – Atlanta Braves

Thu, April 13 – Pittsburgh Pirates

Fri, April 14 – Pittsburgh Pirates

Sat, April 15 – Pittsburgh Pirates

Sun, April 16 – Pittsburgh Pirates

Mon, April 17 – Arizona Diamondbacks

Tue, April 18 – Arizona Diamondbacks

Wed, April 19 – Arizona Diamondbacks

Tue, May 2 – Los Angeles Angels

Wed, May 3 – Los Angeles Angels

Thu, May 4 – Los Angeles Angels

Fri, May 5 – Detroit Tigers

Sat, May 6 – Detroit Tigers

Sun, May 7 – Detroit Tigers

Mon, May 15 – Milwaukee Brewers

Tue, May 16 – Milwaukee Brewers

Wed, May 17 – Milwaukee Brewers

Thu, May 18 – Los Angeles Dodgers

Fri, May 19 – Los Angeles Dodgers

Sat, May 20 – Los Angeles Dodgers

Sun, May 21 – Los Angeles Dodgers

Mon, May 29 – Kansas City Royals

Tue, May 30 – Kansas City Royals

Fri, June 9 – Cincinnati Reds

Sat, June 10 – Cincinnati Reds

Sun, June 11 – Cincinnati Reds

Mon, June 12 – San Francisco Giants

Tue, June 13 – San Francisco Giants

Wed, June 14 – San Francisco Giants

Sat, June 24 -Chicago Cubs (London)

Sun, June 25 – Chicago Cubs (London)

Tue, June 27 – Houston Astros

Wed, June 28 – Houston Astros

Thu, June 29 – Houston Astros

Fri, June 30 – New York Yankees

Sat, July 1 -New York Yankees

Sun, July 2 – New York Yankees

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