Although I don't personally put a lot of stock in that sort of thing, the ZIPS projections are out for the 2010 Cardinls... Or at least for the roster as it stands now...
Here's a projected lineup just for argument's sake... Since we know that manager Tony La Russa doesn't use a regular batting order even IF these are the players who will start on opening day.
2B Schumaker .299BA .355OBP 6HR 75R 49RBI
SS Ryan .274BA .326OBP 4HR 59R 37RBI
1B Pujols .333BA .442OBP 40HR 109R 138RBI
LF Holliday .308BA .387OBP 26HR 104R 125RBI
RF Ludwick .282BA .348OBP 26HR 74R 97RBI
CF Rasmus .260BA .327OBP 15HR 74R 65RBI
C Molina .289BA .352OBP 7HR 42R 42RBI
3B Freese .265BA .326OBP 13HR 57R 33RBI
If that's the way things play out, I'd take it. Albert Pujols is expected to put up numbers that should make him competitive for yet another MVP award, Matt Holliday is expected to do the job for which he is being paid -- hitting over .300 and with the consistency and power needed to protect Pujols in the batting order... Ryan Ludwick's batting average is projected to bounce back and he is a valuable power source and run producer once again. But, because of his recent injury history, he's only expected to play 138 games.
David Freese is expected to put up decent enough numbers to hold down the starting job at third base while Brendan Ryan and Skip Schumaker are expected to be consistent with last season's performances.
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