Morning Thread: The bad Rafael Furcal

March 26, 2012; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal (15) at bat in the fifth inning of a spring training game against the New York Mets at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE

Here's a storyline I should have been readier for: Rafael Furcal underperforming, and people worrying about that since he was hitting .197/.272/.248 when the Cardinals traded for him last year. Furcal's on-base percentages haven't been extremely impressive of late, and if he uses his speed very frequently on his current set of legs it's probably going to begin to seem like poor judgment, so I won't feel too bad if the major result of this struggling is a more flexible top of the order.

Nevertheless, this is the other half of the Greene/Descalso stuff from yesterday—the Cardinals' starting shortstop almost certainly won't play a full season, even if his poor spring training has little bearing on that. The loser of one race is almost guaranteed to infuriate us by playing at shortstop while Tyler Greene stands at second base.

Anyway: While I slave over a hot afternoon post, where does the Cardinals' depth (or lack of depth) most concern you? Thanks to all the short-term veterans who were pasted over pre-arbitration guys immediately after Pujols left, this team is strikingly deep in terms of players who were going to be competing for jobs back in November, but the middle infield still worries me, as is Cardinals tradition. There are three guys who could potentially be above-average starters for those two positions, but all three of them seem to have a non-zero chance of turning into sinkholes.

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