The St. Louis Cardinals’ season has been tumultuous and frustrating, but it is not over just yet.
As a St. Louis Cardinals‘ fan it is only natural to expect this team to be great. It is only natural for us to criticize and second guess the manager. It’s natural for us to think that after the lackluster series against the Miami Marlins that this season is done and that they won’t be making t he playoffs.
However, your fellow fan here is here to tell you that the St. Louis Cardinals’ season is not over yet. It may seem gloomy currently as the bullpen and defense continue to cost the team games. However, the team remains just eight games out of first in the Central division and just two games out of the Wild Card.
However, that doesn’t mean that the St. Louis Cardinals have no issues and that they will be moving up the standings from now on. Ben Fredrickson penned a wonderfully worded piece on how there is a tremendous amount of concern in the team’s first series back from the All-Star break and how things seemingly look pretty bad for the team.
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I am simply stating that there is still time for this team to find it’s identity in the next 70 games. There’s time for this team to make a move to bolster this struggling bullpen, there’s also time for hitters like Randal Grichuk and Matt Holliday to get hot and carry this team. It is not time for this team to become sellers and to just toss this season in the trash and rebuild for next year.
In the past, John Mozeliak has been really good about doing what it takes to bolster the bullpen and I have no doubts that he will be doing the same thing this year. There are arms available on the market and this is the type of move that we are used to seeing at the Trade Deadline.
Now, I know that many believe that John Mozeliak is going to sit on his hands and continue to line the pockets of Bill Dewitt Jr. and that the sole purpose of the St. Louis Cardinals is to make money and not to win baseball games. This is a silly idea and is just not true.
Not to mention that the Cardinals have historically been buyers of some kind at the deadline since Mozeliak took over, whether that’s dropping dead weight like Joe Kelly and Allen Craig for a veteran starter in John Lackey or it’s acquiring important bench and bullpen pieces ahead of a World Series run in 2011.
While it is important that this team turns it around soon, it is not over yet and this team hasn’t played their best ball yet. If not, it will ultimately be a disappointing year and there could be some significant moves made at the end of the season.