St. Louis Cardinals: 12 Ex-All-Stars who can rise for Cards in 2nd half

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: The World Series trophy is hoisted in the air during the 2018 World Series victory parade for the Boston Red Sox on October 31, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: The World Series trophy is hoisted in the air during the 2018 World Series victory parade for the Boston Red Sox on October 31, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) /
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The St. Louis Cardinals roster has many players with past claims to glory. Can they regain their mojo in the second half of 2019 to salvage a playoff berth?

St. Louis Cardinals fans had sad ice cream with their All-Star game this year because their favorite team was represented by the minimum one player, first-timer Paul DeJong.   This dearth of All-Stars wearing the birds-on-the-bat is ironic because the Cardinals actually had the fourth-most all-star laden roster coming into this year’s game in Cleveland.  But not one of them repeated.

The New York Yankees lead with 16 former all-stars.  But they had five repeating this year.

"Sabathia, Happ, *Chapman*, Betances, Severino, *Sanchez*, *Torres* *LeMahieu*, Tulowitzki, Gardner, Stanton, Judge, Ellsbury, *Tanaka*, Britton, Encarnacion"

(repeaters surrounded by asterisks).

The Chicago Cubs are second with 14 former all-stars.  And they had three repeating this year.

"Quintana, Lester, Hamels, Kimbrel, Hendricks, Darvish, Kintzler,Rizzo, *Bryant*, *Baez*, *Contreras*, Russell, Heyward, Zobrist"

The Houston Astros are third with 13 all-stars.  And they had four repeating.

"*Verlander*, Altuve, *Bregman*, Brantley, *Springer*, *Cole*, Roberto Osuna, Correa, Wade Miley, Will Harris, McCullers, Diaz, Devenski"

Right behind the Astros comes the St. Louis Cardinals with 12 former All-Stars!

So, it is not like Cardinals GM John Mozeliak is not trying: he has outfitted the Cardinals roster with plenty of All-Star level talent. And although the All-Star selection process is subject to many vagaries, it is not a half-bad indicator of talent. One cannot fail to notice that the above-mentioned Yankees, Cubs and Astros are all leading their divisions.

Most teams only have single-digit numbers of All-Stars on their roster.

The least all-star represented 40-man roster going into this year’s game appears to be the Baltimore Orioles with only two: Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo. The Orioles own baseball’s worst record. The Tampa Bay Rays, who were leading the American League East for the majority of the first half of the season, Kansas City Royals and Oakland A’s had just three apiece (Charlie Morton, Blake Snell and Avisail Garcia; Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez, and Brad Boxberger; Joakim Soria, Blake Treinen, and Marco Estrada, respectively).

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The Toronto Blue Jays are one place ahead of the Orioles in the standings. Is it a coincidence that they have four former All-Stars? Blue Jays who have been to the midsummer classic include Justin Smoak, Aaron Sanchez, Clay Buchholz, and Edwin Jackson.  Even if the All-Star experience is quite distant in the player’s rear-view mirror, the experience of having “been there” can inspire the younger players.

On the other hand, the Minnesota Twins have the fourth-highest winning percentage in baseball and are doing it with just six former All-Stars: Jason Castro, Nelson Cruz, Michael Pineda, Jonathan Schoop, Miguel Sano, Jose Berrios.

The good news for St. Louis Cardinals fans is that there is a path for the team that does not involve rookies or even sophomores having breakout seasons. If just a few of these former all-stars can manage to turn in second-half performances like the ones that earned them an all-star selection, the Cardinals, who sit just two games behind the division-leading Cubs, can find themselves holding a trophy similar in kind and character to the one being held up around St. Louis last month.

Let’s compare the Wins Above Replacement (bWAR) that each of these 12 added to their teams in their All-star years to what they contributed in the first half of this year.

Yadier Molina – C – nine all-star seasons

St. Louis Cardinals
ST. LOUIS, MO – AUGUST 28: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals looks on from the dugout prior to playing against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium on August 28, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /
YearAgeTmWAR
200926STL3.2
201027STL3.1
201128STL2.9
201229STL7.2
201330STL6.1
201431STL3.1
201532STL1.5
201734STL2.0
201835STL1.8
201936STL0.3

Paul Goldschmidt – 1B – six All-Star seasons

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PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 09: Paul Goldschmidt #44 of the Arizona Diamondbacks bats against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning of an MLB game at Chase Field on September 9, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /
YearAgeTmWAR
201325ARI7.1
201426ARI4.6
201527ARI8.7
201628ARI4.7
201729ARI5.9
201830ARI5.4
201931STL1.1

Marcell Ozuna – OF – two All-Star seasons

MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 1: Marcell Ozuna #13 of the Miami Marlins runs the bases after hitting a seventh-inning solo home run against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park on October 1, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Skipper/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 1: Marcell Ozuna #13 of the Miami Marlins runs the bases after hitting a seventh-inning solo home run against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park on October 1, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Skipper/Getty Images) /
YearAgeTmWAR
201625MIA2.6
201726MIA6.1
201928STL1.6

Matt Carpenter – 3B – three All-Star seasons

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WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 03: Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts to a called strike three in the second inning during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /
YearAgeTmWAR
201327STL6.5
201428STL3.1
201630STL3.5
201933STL0.3

Dexter Fowler – OF – one All-Star season

CLEVELAND, OH – NOVEMBER 02: Dexter Fowler #24 of the Chicago Cubs reacts during the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH – NOVEMBER 02: Dexter Fowler #24 of the Chicago Cubs reacts during the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
YearAgeTmWAR
201630CHC4.1
201933STL1.5

Adam Wainwright – P – three All-Star seasons

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ST. LOUIS, MO – SEPTEMBER 10: Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals tips his cap after recording his 1,600th career strikeout while playing against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second inning at Busch Stadium on September 10, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /
YearAgeTmWAR
201028STL6.2
201331STL6.2
201432STL6.1
201937STL1.0

Carlos Martinez – P – two All-Star seasons

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CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 29: Carlos Martinez #18 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after their win ocer the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on September 29, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The St. Louis Cardinals won 2-1. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) /
YearAgeTmWAR
201523STL3.8
201725STL2.9
201927STL0.5

Miles Mikolas – P – one All-Star season

ST LOUIS, MO – JUNE 07: Miles Mikolas #39 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Busch Stadium on June 7, 2018 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO – JUNE 07: Miles Mikolas #39 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Busch Stadium on June 7, 2018 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images) /
YearAgeTmWAR
201829STL4.1
201930STL0.6

Andrew Miller – RP – two All-Star seasons

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 24: Andrew Miller #48 of the New York Yankees looks on before the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on May 24, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 24: Andrew Miller #48 of the New York Yankees looks on before the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on May 24, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
CLEVELAND, OH – OCTOBER 05: Andrew Miller #24 of the Cleveland Indians delivers the pitch during the seventh inning against the New York Yankees during game one of the American League Division Series at Progressive Field on October 5, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH – OCTOBER 05: Andrew Miller #24 of the Cleveland Indians delivers the pitch during the seventh inning against the New York Yankees during game one of the American League Division Series at Progressive Field on October 5, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
YearAgeTmWAR
201631NYY2.3
201631CLE1.4
201732CLE3.1
201934STL-0.1

Michael Wacha – P – one All-Star season

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ST. LOUIS, MO – JUNE 3: Michael Wacha #52 of the St. Louis Cardinals sits alone in the dugout against the Pittsburgh Pirates after the sixth inning at Busch Stadium on June 3, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /
YearAgeTmWAR
201523STL2.9
201927STL-0.5

Matt Wieters – C – four All-Star seasons

SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 11: Matt Wieters #32 of the Baltimore Orioles signs autographs during Gatorade All-Star Workout Day for the 87th Annual MLB All-Star game at PETCO Park on July 11, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 11: Matt Wieters #32 of the Baltimore Orioles signs autographs during Gatorade All-Star Workout Day for the 87th Annual MLB All-Star game at PETCO Park on July 11, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
YearAgeTmWAR
201125BAL5.2
201226BAL4.1
201428BAL0.9
201630BAL1.9
201933STL0.2

Brett Cecil – RP – one All-Star season

60-day injured list

TORONTO, CANADA – OCTOBER 8: Brett Cecil #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers in Game One of the American League Division Series during the 2015 MLB Playoffs at Rogers Centre on October 8, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA – OCTOBER 8: Brett Cecil #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers in Game One of the American League Division Series during the 2015 MLB Playoffs at Rogers Centre on October 8, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
YearAgeTmWAR
201326TOR1.3

Next. Early returns on the 2019 Draftees. dark

Clearly, the Cardinals have plenty of talent on this roster, even if some of it has been slightly removed from top-tier performances. There is plenty of evidence to show that so far, the Cardinals have had many players underperforming their career norms and if history has anything to show us, it’s that these trends won’t last forever.

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