St. Louis Cardinals: Memphis Redbirds setting records with winning ways

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PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 05: Carson Kelly #71 of the St. Louis Cardinals gets his first major league hit in his major league debut in the eighth inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on September 5, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 05: Carson Kelly #71 of the St. Louis Cardinals gets his first major league hit in his major league debut in the eighth inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on September 5, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /
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The St. Louis Cardinals continue to struggle to win games but their AAA-affiliate in Memphis are on the opposite side of the spectrum and are setting records with their winning streaks.

The St. Louis Cardinals have a shuttle that regularly runs the I-55 corridor between Memphis and St. Louis carting players back and forth between the Bigs and AAA. This season, the likes of Randal Grichuk (sorry, Josh), Aledmys Diaz, Jose Martinez, and Luke Weaver (to name a few) have traveled the shuttle.

With the recent string of wins for the Memphis Redbirds, the I-55 shuttle should be activated even more than it has been this season.

Why say that? Well, simply put, the Memphis Redbirds are winning where and when the St. Louis Cardinals are not. In their last fourteen games, the Redbirds have notched ‘Ws’ in twelve of these. 12 of these!!

Sitting comfortably at 58-33, the Memphis Redbirds have secured the best record in all of AAA. How about the Cardinals? Well, they are sitting uncomfortably with a record of 43-46. Wouldn’t we all be happier if the two records swapped? I know I would…

And how are the Redbirds doing it? They are winning behind outstanding performances by Alex Mejia (who hit a lead-off home run on Friday night) and Carson Kelly (who hit the walk-off single on Friday night).

Oh, before I forget it, as the Redbirds entered the minor league all-star break, they had achieved their best first half team record in franchise history. Amazing right? And all of this under a new skipper (and new owner in his second year) while the St. Louis Cardinals flounder under the ineptitude of Mike Matheny.

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Back to the positives, Memphis has sent to the Cardinals game changes this season already. Look no further than Luke Voit and Paul DeJong. Both of these players have added spark where the Birds had been falling flat.

Another major positive of the Memphis Redbirds is their ability to ‘rehab’ injured and ailing players. Grichuk is quite popular in Memphis where he has found success that alludes him in the gateway city. At this moment, Diaz is spending some time in Memphis to find his MLB ways again.

Bottom line is this: as I have said before, the Memphis Redbirds are outpacing the St. Louis Cardinals in all things baseball: players AND coaching staff. Mozeliak knew this to the tune of bringing up members of the Memphis coaching staff to plug into St. Louis.

Congrats, Memphis Redbirds and maybe send a telegraph or smoke signal that those in St. Louis can see and learn from to help them win as you are winning. Please.

One final thing, please Girsch, the time has come to bring Carson Kelly to St. Louis. Enough already with him spoiling in Memphis– the Cardinals need him NOW.

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