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A look at the Cardinals 1/3 of the way through 2011

One-third of the way through the 2011 season, the Cardinals have proven to be full of surprises.

Picked by many pundits to finish no better than fourth in the National League Central despite a banner walk year from superstar Albert Pujols, the Cardinals are perched at the top of the division standings as the calendar turns to June. And Pujols has suffered through the worst start of his career, factoring in as the third-best offensive player on the St. Louis roster.

One thing is certain for the rest of the season: It’s going to continue to be full of surprises. But here are a few things to look for and a few things to worry about.

They might not all be hot at once. But two of the three need to be clicking at the same time to keep putting runs on the board.

Bottom line, I’m glad to see the Cardinals have exceeded expectations. And, after a bad first couple of weeks, this team has proven to be an entertaining club to watch. I just hope they can keep it up.