St. Louisans always think their Cardinals are poised for another World Series win.
This time, the players of Major League Baseball agree with them.
ESPN The Magazine passed an anonymous poll through the MLB locker rooms to get candid answers to some of baseball's most pressing questions: Are athletes still using performance-enhancing drugs? Would they accept an openly gay player into the league?
And, most importantly, who is going to win it all this year?
Nineteen percent of the 143 players polled said the St. Louis Cardinals would take home the 2014 World Series title, narrowly topping the Detroit Tigers, with 18 percent, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, with 15 percent.
"Boston still has a nice roster, but you have to think the Cardinals are just as good as last year, maybe a little better," says an anonymous All-Star player in the American League to ESPN. "Michael Wacha looked scary good last postseason; with him and [Adam] Wainwright, the Cardinals will be a handful in a playoff series."
A starting pitcher in the National League told ESPN he thinks the Washington Nationals are the Redbirds' greatest intraleague threat.
"I think it will be the Nationals against the Cardinals in the National League, with the Cardinals winning in seven games, then winning the World Series, too," the starting pitcher told ESPN anonymously.
Players were split on marijuana's potential role in the MLB. Fifty-one percent of players said that even if the drug were legal in every state and with the league, they still wouldn't consider lighting up for pain relief.
On average, players said less than 10 percent of their peers are still taking performance-enhancing drugs.
"But that's not counting Adderall as a PED," says an American League slugger. "If you included guys who were using Adderall, wow, that number would be through the roof."