Cards' system takes another hit

Originally Published: February 10, 2005
By Will Lingo | Baseball America
Until they ran into a team of destiny in the World Series and got swept by the Red Sox, the Cardinals had a dream season in 2004.

The offense was the most potent in the National League, leading the league in both average and runs. And a pitching staff that was considered a question mark when the season began finished behind only the Braves in the NL with a 3.75 ERA. The result was 105 wins and a runaway in the NL Central, as well as the team's first trip to the World Series since 1987.