In many ways, Spring Training is one, giant math problem. The equations that result in a 25-man roster are anything but elementary, especially with such complications as "too many pitchers" or "five players for four spots."
That's precisely the predicament the Cardinals appear to be in, and while competition is good and healthy, it still means there will be tough decisions to make before the club heads north.
This week, Tara and Alex take an early look at what some of those decisions might be, and which players may draw the short straw.
Does Jedd Gyorko remain with the team?
Can José Martínez and Tyler O'Neill both find enough at bats as bench players?
Will Drew Robinson's left handedness be the key to his MLB roster spot?
Will Yairo Muñoz's strong 2019 campaign give him a leg up?
Plus, Alex's Chirp of the Week features the one and only Willie McGee.