Kiss 'Em Goodbye: St. Louis Cardinals

With Albert Pujols, the Cardinals should be a NL Central favorite next season

Originally Published: September 24, 2011
By Baseball Prospectus, Jim Bowden and Dan Szymborski | ESPN Insider
Albert PujolsEzra Shaw/Getty ImagesThe Cardinals' future revolves around the impending free agency of Albert Pujols.

Kiss 'Em Goodbye is a series focusing on MLB teams as their postseason dreams fade -- whether in September (or before), the league division series, league championship series or World Series. It combines a broad overview from Baseball Prospectus, a front-office take from former MLB GM Jim Bowden, a best- and worst-case scenario ZiPS projection for 2012 from Dan Szymborski and Kevin Goldstein's farm-system overview.

Today we bid farewell to the St. Louis Cardinals, a team that kept the baseball world on the edge of its collective seat for the past six weeks.