Written By Reed Tuttle
With the post season looming over the trade deadline, there are very specific areas that the Cardinals need to significantly improve. First, lets take a look at the specifics that have made the Cardinals successful to this point. As of right now the Cardinals own the biggest run differential in MLB at +86. They also rank first in the NL in runs scored (464), Batting Average (.276) OBP (.343) and second in slugging (.434). The Cardinals have a very significant offensive force between Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday, Rafael Furcal, David Freese, Allen Craig, and many others that have stepped up throughout the year.
With that said, here are a few areas in which they could use improvement:
Second Base: Tyler Greene and Daniel Descalso have been decent at best. Greene is only hitting a measly .218 and Descalso a pathetic .248. While they are both very solid defensively its definitely an area of improvement
Long Relief: It is absolutely no surprise that the Cardinals need to increase their versatility in the bullpen. With the recent questionable signing of Brian Fuentes ( a struggling ex-all star) and Edward Mujica there is some hope. Here is how the Cardinals have performed in the late innings.
Win NL Central Games: The Cardinals are currently only 24-20 in divisional games. While this may seem like an acceptable statistic it is going to need to drastically change if we want to come out divisional champs. Fortunately the Cardinals still have 9 games against the Reds and Pirates and conclude the season with a 3 game stand vs Cincinnati.