Here is what we know about a Cardinals streamer into a All-Star break:
They aren’t terrible. They won 10 of their final 15 games, holding array opposite a Arizona Diamondbacks and Washington Nationals in a process.
Yet a Cardinals aren’t great, either. Their 6-0 feat over a New York Mets on Sunday afternoon left them 43-45 and 5½ games behind a first-place Milwaukee Brewers in a National League Central Division.
Sure, they have pulled into a second-place tie with a slumping Chicago Cubs. But with a fortifying World Series champions in irregularity and a multiplication ranking as baseball’s worst, that isn’t most of an achievement.
“We always speak about being a good self-evaluator, a infancy of a initial half, a good partial of that, we haven’t played a kind of round we’re going to play,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “I consider we’re starting to see what it is that we need to design of ourselves.
“Some of a immature guys had no idea. Some of them were only happy to be in a large joining uniform, personification in this stadium. They are starting to see that there is some-more to it, some-more of an expectancy when we put this jersey on, what a product should demeanour like. To me, that’s where we are right now.”
Coming out of a break, a Cardinals strike a highway to play a Pirates, Mets and Cubs before returning home to face a Rockies and Diamondbacks. That’s utterly a gantlet.
Along a way, a restructured front bureau contingency restructure a register to get improved near- and long-term results. On Aug. 1, after MLB’s waivers-free trade deadline passes, a Cardinals will be in Milwaukee for a three-game array opposite a Brewers.
What will a multiplication competition demeanour like then? What will a Cardinals register demeanour like?
This classification has many able players though few good ones. The roster, total with about half of a Memphis Redbirds, creates a hulk crew nonplus with many transcribe pieces though some pivotal tools missing.
Appropriately, 3 players who started a deteriorate during Memphis did a complicated lifting in support of starting pitcher Lance Lynn on Sunday.
Spare outfielder Tommy Pham poked a two-run homer down a right margin line, grounded a singular into left margin and scored twice. Rookie infielder Paul DeJong bloody a solo homer and lined another single. Rookie initial baseman Luke Voit muscled an opposite-field homer over a right margin wall.
Meanwhile, some informed faces missed out on a fun.
Randal Grichuk? Last year he strike 24 homers in 446 during bats. But after unwell to urge his attack coherence in a minors, he fell behind into a part-time role. He subbed in Sunday when Pham grown hip tightness.
Aledmys Diaz? Last year he strike .300 with 28 doubles and 17 homers in 404 at-bats and warranted an All-Star Game entice as a rookie shortstop. But he stays relegated to Memphis.
Kolten Wong? He is attack .301 this deteriorate with 15 doubles in 153 during bats as a unchanging second baseman. He continued his reconstruction assignment down during Double-A Springfield, recuperating from his latest arm injury.
Jose Martinez? The renouned fill-in outfielder and initial baseman strike .280 this deteriorate though was also behind during Memphis.
“It will be a good plea to figure out how to use everybody properly,” Matheny acknowledged. “But that is a good problem to have, to have that many gifted players.”
Trading from a large outfield raise is one option, given Memphis prospects Harrison Bader and Jose Adolis Garcia are pulling for a large joining demeanour and Springfield’s Magneuris Sierra dazzled in singular large joining avocation progressing this season.
A over-abundance is building on a infield, too. Diaz was attack a reasonable .260 when a Cardinals sent him to Memphis. He is one of a team’s improved baserunners and he can play mixed positions. Last deteriorate he strike for power.
Normally such a actor doesn’t tumble behind into a minors. But DeJong is abrasive a ball, Voit is adding right-side energy during initial bottom and Wong is entrance behind from a DL. So something contingency give, maybe around trades.
And afterwards there is a organizational pitching depth, underscored Sunday when Lynn mowed down a Mets to remind a attention he could turn a profitable let actor as he heads toward giveaway agency.
Young energy pitchers Sam Tuivailala and Luke Weaver strengthen a eight-man bullpen. If their rehab work goes well, lefthanders Zach Duke and Kevin Siegrist will lapse from a infirm list after a break.
Memphis pitchers Marco Gonzales, John Gant and Mike Mayers have been on a convey this season. Also on a Triple-A staff are Jack Flaherty, who ranks among a tip pitching prospects in a game, and Zac Gallen, who has worked his approach adult from Class A Palm Beach in his initial full pro season.
Beyond them is a earnest Double-A fortuitous during Springfield, including Dakota Hudson, Sandy Alcantara and Austin Gomber. Then there are Connor Jones, Junior Fernandez, Jake Woodford and Ryan Helsley during Palm Beach, good prospects all.
Potential staff ace Alex Reyes is on report to lapse subsequent deteriorate after recuperating from Tommy John surgery. So a Cardinals could precedence organizational abyss into some descent upgrades, given a pitching hurdles other teams are facing.
Then again, that Cardinals would we replace? The register is cluttered, though not garbage-strewn. Wish a front bureau fitness as a Great Roster Sort continues.