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Pitching remains Cards' biggest challenge

Originally Published: November 7, 2008
By Phil Rogers | Special to ESPN.com

Tony La Russa is a manager, not a magician. He and his coaching staff (especially Dave Duncan) did their usual solid job to prepare the team, but the lack of pitching depth was a fatal flaw.

It wouldn't have taken a lot more pitching for this team to have contended as Albert Pujols, Ryan Ludwick, Troy Glaus and Rick Ankiel (when healthy) had tremendous seasons. But rookie general manager John Mozeliak continued the tradition of St. Louis executives failing to make big moves.

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