- Few teams that expect to contend are counting on more fragile players. Mozeliak added Beltran and re-signed shortstop Rafael Furcal despite their history of injuries, and key hitters Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman appear as significant risks. Carpenter led the NL in starts the last two seasons previously had made 30 starts only twice in a stretch of seven years.
- Second baseman Daniel Descalso annoys opponents with his situational mastery.
- Beltran, who replaces Pujols in the lineup, actually had a higher OPS last season (.910 to Pujols' .907). You wouldn't want to bet that happens again, however.