During the All-Star break, the buzz was on how the St. Louis Cardinals would do between then and now. With their current hot streak, moves need to happen.
The St. Louis Cardinals can’t seem to lose. Of course, when I say this, they are probably about to go on a losing streak, but since the All-Star break, the team has been on fire.
Looking for a four-game sweep of the Pirates as I write this, the Cardinals have gone 10-3 since the break. The opposing teams have been the Diamondbacks, Pirates (twice) and the Reds, but still, wins are wins and the Pirates were ahead of the Cardinals in the standings not too long ago.
During the break and during Blogger Day, John Mozeliak was cryptic as always with what exactly his plan was going to be for the Deadline, but he stressed over and over that the then .500 team would have to show what type of team they really were going to be the rest of the way.
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The Cardinals have clearly responded well as they have found ways to win four series in a row and jump from 3.0 games back in the division and out of a Wildcard spot to just a half-game back in the division and owning sole possession of the second Wildcard spot.
After the Pirates leave Pittsburgh today to head back to Busch Stadium to face the Houston Astros for a three-game set and then a home series against the Cubs that saddles the Deadline.
With just six days to go before there are no more trades allowed of players on 40-man rosters, Mozeliak has to have his plan shaping up now.
The Cardinals are forcing him to see that this team is worth adding to. A re-tooling isn’t needed. Valuable pieces who can make an immediate impact this year are what the Cardinals need and what makes the job of a GM so difficult.
The consensus around the MLB from multiple different reports is that this might be a bit of a disappointment of a Deadline in terms of sizeable moves, but the Cardinals can’t afford that.
The team has said that 2019 is the year to go for it, so do it. Go for it Mo. The team has shown they are worthy and able to grind and find ways to win, now hold up your end of the bargain.
My shopping list for the Cardinals is a starting pitcher, a lefty reliever, and maybe an outfielder. Upgrading any batters is going to be hard because of the contracts the Cardinals have given out, but if there is an upgrade in the rotation and bullpen, the Cardinals will be well equipped for a run the rest of the way.
It has been super refreshing to see this team show their potential again as they did in April, again the only problem is consistency. If they can stay consistent, they can run away with the division as the Cubs and the Brewers continue to struggle.