So far in 2016, the Cardinals have let a lot of fans down. Their play is inconsistent and sloppy. They also lack fight. But this does not look to be a long term problem.
We have seen some bad baseball in St. Louis this summer. Sloppy play followed by poor management is a recipe for a team like the one we see night in and night out. The entire season can be summarized if you look at Michael Wacha. He had high expectations on him going into the season. The possible #2 of the rotation was young and ready to take on the world and then the season started. At times, we have seen the pitcher we were told about in 2012 and 2013. Other times, we see an ineffective starter that can’t get into the 6th inning.
This reflects the Cardinals team that we have been seeing. We were supposed to compete with the Cubs this year. We were supposed to have a top notch pitching staff. We were supposed to have a bullpen that would be a strength. And yet here we are. 12 games out of the divisional race and a game out of the wild card. Things could be a lot worse. But they could also be a lot better.
— Pitcher List (@ThePitcherList) August 10, 2016
Maybe the problem is that here in St. Louis, we have become accustomed to winning and the level of play the Cardinals have upheld for the past 10+ years. That can spoil a fan base and it has. But you cannot blame us for getting upset when you put Trevor Rosenthal in for umpteenth time when he should be riding the pine. You can’t blame us for hating the fact that Matt Carpenter over ran a ground ball last night that allowed a run to score. These mishaps are common place for the 2016 Cardinals.
And you know what? That’s ok.
You know why? Because a team can have an off year and still compete and make a push to the playoffs. We are watching that happen right now. It is also okay because the good times are coming again. I got to see the Major League debut of prospect darling Alex Reyes and all I can say is WOW. He is a big guy that has some of the best stuff the Cardinals have produced in a long time. You also have the likes of Carlos Martinez, Aledmys Diaz, Stephen Piscotty, Randal Grichuk, and Luke Weaver to look forward to becoming better with age.
Times are relatively bleak for Cardinals fans this year but man, is the future bright.
-Hope You Enjoyed