Cards' staff gettin' it done

The Cardinals have the best record in the National League, thanks in large part to their pitching staff.

Originally Published: July 15, 2004
By Rob Neyer | ESPN Insider
When credit for the Cardinals' surprising season is divided up, of course we have to start with Scott Rolen, Jim Edmonds, and Albert Pujols (in that order).

But that really doesn't tell the whole story, does it? After all, a year ago Rolen, Edmonds, and Pujols were all excellent (if not in the same order) and the Cardinals finished in third place with an 85-77 record, just the seventh-best record in the National League. If all it took were those three guys, the Cards would have won last year.

So who else? Yes, Tony Womack's played better than anybody except his mom thought he could, but that just compensates for Edgar Renteria's disappointing numbers.