Cards too balanced for Padres

The Cardinals' balance makes them a difficult opponent for the Padres and any other National League club.

Originally Published: October 2, 2005
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Why St. Louis could win: Jim Edmonds has a sprained shoulder, Larry Walker has had four cortisone injections to relieve pain in his neck and Scott Rolen won't be back until 2006, but the Cardinals clinched the division early enough to rest and get their pitching arranged the way manager Tony La Russa likes it. This is a balanced club with no discernible weakness. The Cardinals lead the National League in team ERA, rank second to Cincinnati in runs scored and are sixth in defense. They have ...

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