A shade worse.
I'm not quite buying the notion that Marcell Ozuna can walk, and a bad offense is going to get better just by simply turning to internal improvement and internal options for replacement.
I'm also not one of the folks who has turned Ozuna into Babe Ruth. His numbers, compared to other cleanup hitters across baseball the past two seasons, are quite unremarkable.
So, perhaps an offense that was unreliable last season is about the same, or a little worse.
I do think it's hard, just based off what we know about baseball, to imagine every guy who had below-career-average production to do the same thing again this upcoming season.
Some guys will be better.
I think Paul Goldschmidt will be one of them.
The Cardinals are going to pitch, defend and run well.
The offense is a mixed bag.
Sounds similar to last year, right?
The other thing: I think the division takes a step back, which only helps the Cards.