Cardinals Riding The Wave of Mediocrity


Here we are, nearly a week before the trade deadline and I think it’s more apparent than ever the Cardinals need to get something done.

I am not saying we go out and sign Heath Bell’s big deal, but can’t we get someone, ANYONE?!

The team goes on big losing streaks and mini win stints. We are currently at the .520 clip being nudged out by the Brewers and *gulp* the Pittsburgh Pirates. Luckily we kick off the series in Pittsburgh tomorrow and HOPEFULLY we can start to finally pick up the pace.

Tony La Russa apparently said the other day, “Performance dictates playing time.” Well that’s terrific, in theory.

Sure the Cardinals have possibly the best offensive numbers in baseball, but what about that pitching we consistently gripe about? We got rid of Batista and Franklin, where are the other pieces they know they need to pursue? The ERA has gone down, but there are still some MAJOR gaps that need to be addressed.

When the pitching performs well, we have a tendency to go cold offensively too. Why is it we cannot get this team to click on all levels? This is not a new thing either. We have had the club the last few seasons and still mediocre results. Everyone has hammered the front office since the departure of Jocketty, and maybe rightfully so. Sure they brought in Holliday and had some big moves along the way, but why are we still having the problems compiling W’s? Is it Duncan? Long heralded as the savior for problematic pitchers, that is looking more like our problem as of late. This season has been hard since the injury to Wainwright and he is handcuffed to Westbrook, which we are all realizing was a mistake. Tony has long been the scapegoat and apparently being a World Series winning manager as recently as five years ago is not even enough to save him from scrutiny.

After todays afternoon game we are 51-47. This team now is down to those four key injuries, but a long way from being the team they are capable of. One would love to think this is going to be the turning point where Tony begins to play the best players most often and wins come as a result, but you cannot ignore recent statistics when the Cardinals have made the playoffs just once since their World Series win and subsequently got swept in the first round by the Dodgers.

Even in the rather lowly NL Central where the best team tends to have the lowest regular season record of the NL playoff teams, the Cardinals are in and out of first place everyday and something needs to be done. We are far too talented at this point to even be worried about making a playoff push, but this is the reality, this is what we need to focus on going forward.

Tags: Adam Wainwright Chicago Cubs Cincinnati Reds Dave Duncan Heath Bell Houston Astros Jake Westbrook John Mozeliak Los Angeles Dodgers Miguel Batista Milwaukee Brewers NL Central Pittsburgh Pirates Ryan Franklin St Louis Cardinals Tony La Russa Walt Jocketty

  • spearson_75

    I couldn’t believe we even signed westbrook in the firstplace…once a scrub always a scrub…even if we have the almighty Dave Duncan.

  • crdswmn

    Wait, one WS win in 15 years should insulate the manager from scrutiny? Not in my universe. I don’t blame TLR for everything, the players are responsible for executing. But decisions like who to play and when to play them, when to take pitchers out and who to replace them with are the manager’s and when he makes bad decisions (which he has) he should be held accountable.

    We need to improve our pitching. That is paramount. But that does not mean making boneheaded trades based on fan preference, which is where I think we are headed, Get someone who can get the job done for a reasonable amount of money without giving up the farm. We can’t get Ubaldo Jimenez or Jeremy Hellickson, but we can get someone who can help us if we are smart about it, which means Mo should not listen to me, you or any other fan. We know squat about it.

  • spearson_75

    @crdswmn well said. I just hope we don’t trade all of our good prospects to get a one and done arm. Our future looks bright prospect wise and we will need them in the coming years.

  • NickZell

    I am saying I finally have become a little more swayed on Tony. The players are overall responsible, there is no disputing that, and he needs to be held accountable for the failures as they sometimes really seem to drown out the success.

    I have to say I am right along you on every level too. I hate to think we are going to take on another major contract for pitching help when we just need the role players.

    I hate to think we are going to take on another big contract like a Heath Bell but looks like that’s where we are headed. Sure in the next ten days we may see a shocker or two…hopefully. We do need something

  • http://mattsblog.mlblogs.com/ cards4life

    I agree, We need to find some bullpen help and we need to find it NOW. I’d even be willing to consider going after Heath Bell. Now I know that would not completely solve our bullpen problems, but it would at least help.