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"This is last year’s Cardinals team all over again. They don’t really do anything but play good defense, and that might be enough. Their pitching staff has the sixth-highest walk rate in baseball, and only the Jays are walking more batters among contenders. Their offensive identity is, “What, we’re up again?” They’re 17-for-26 stealing bases, which is much worse than 0-for-0. I want to talk myself into a bullpen bolstered by Genesis Cabrera and Alex Reyes, but the two have walked about 17% of the batters they’ve faced, which even when you’re winning takes years off your life."