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8. St. Louis Cardinals (30-27; LW: not ranked)

There’s often talk of “roster logjams” as a way of drumming up drama around the Orioles, but little of what happens here compares to what the ascendant Cardinals just did. They’ve won six of nine, but just optioned infielder Kolten Wong to the minors to make room for Jhonny Peralta. They had just signed Wong to a five-year extension in the offseason.

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