The St. Louis Cardinals upper management has reassured us that the team is good over and over. Will they finally see things as they are now?
How long will the St. Louis Cardinals management let this trash fire burn before they decide to call it a trash fire? Here’s a better question, how long will it be before they take any large measures to put out the trash fire?
The last time the Cardinals were under .500 this late in the season was 2017 when they were three games under on June 30th and that team finished third in the NL Central. Admittedly, I expected to find that the Cardinals hadn’t had a losing record this late in a season in a year where they finished well under .500 but when you look back, that team was just not good, and this team doesn’t look any better.
But, if you have been listening this week, all us fans were assured that they are a good team.
That’s frustrating given the product on the field we see.
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If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Mike Shildt went on a bit of an unprompted rant this week basically throwing himself under the bus and saying that the team is better in the areas that got the manager before he fired and that we should all be happy about that.
People viewed the rant differently. Some viewed it as optimistic, some saw it as more or less propaganda trying to get everyone to think that they are actually good.
I flip on how I view it but the point that Shildt made that was frustrating was that he told everyone this is a good team.
This was a good leadership move by Shildt even if it made people pissed off because it took the pressure off the players. He threw himself under the bus, but the players haven’t repaid him in any way since.
The Cardinals are currently getting beat (again) in a series by the Padres and are trying to avoid the sweep on Sunday after losing on Friday and getting blown out on Saturday.
At the base of it all, it’s the offense that’s the problem. The team can’t score.
On Sunday, Derrick Goold wrote a different tune coming from Mike Shildt. The Cardinals have reached the midpoint of the season and Shildt called the current record, “not ultimately acceptable” which is again the right move and the right answer, but when will the man above him do anything about it?
It just seems like the Cardinals need to reset but are ultimately unwilling to do that right now. How many blowouts and disappointments will it take before the team will realize something has to change. Someone needs to be traded, DFA’d, fired…something. Just stop giving us the same crap that we have seen for half the summer. That’s all we want.
This rant was probably a bit jumbled and disorganized, but there really is a dichotomy here. I believe that Shildt is a good leader still, he is laying himself down for the guys he’s leading, he is holding himself accountable. But at the same time, something needs to change. There’s no way to keep on like this.