Ordinarily, there's a simple rule of thumb: Lost good players--Regress; Gained good players--improve. But this line of thinking doesn't apply to the Orderly Fans of St. Louis. I will explain why, but first, a question:
What Am I Drawing?
Back to the matter at hand: if Cardinal fans Yearn Honesty, let me give my Kindest Advice: for every Yak Ring that leaves, there's a Barren Poodle waiting to step in. If one player Has Injuring Season, another will Unjam A Toe. For most teams, these changes are a big deal. In St. Louis, these things do not matter. The truth is this simple:
As long as the Cardinals Just Rope Ball, they will contend.
Anyone who says otherwise is just trying to Spin Your Jive. OK, I'm outta here. Ciao, Thugs!