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Some, including Cubs fans, say....

...that with the loss of Albert Pujols for an extended period of time, the Cardinals are done for the season.

Let's look back at the first part of the season, when Albert was mired in a lengthy slump, and was above his average with errors defensively. For much of the first three months, even Theriot had a higher batting average and was providing more timely hitting.

As Theriot said about Pujols's injury, you lose an All-Star first basemen and you put in another All-Star baseman (Berkman).

If Berkman and Holliday continue their offensive outputs, and our youngsters step up, we'll be fine.
 As it is, as poor as the Cardinals have been playing, they're still jumping in and out of first place.

And, if one remembers, the Green Bay Packers had the largest number of players on injured reserve this past season, and they still won the Super Bowl!