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Back in 2015, the Cardinals defense led the league in run prevention. While their pitching staff was very good (3.48 FIP, 5th in the NL), the team ERA of 2.94 led the league. The .54 differential between team FIP and ERA was the highest in the MLB.
The overriding narrative from the Cardinals disappointing 2016 season was one fans hoped would dissipate upon the dawning of a new campaign. The defense was bad, but that was old news–it was last year's story. This year would be different; it would have to be.
Some were convinced a heavier dose