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Into The Cardinals Nest: Where do the Cardinals Need the Most Help At the Deadline? Part 1

The Cardinals are coming off a big 10-2 win against the Padres on Monday and another win, this time a 4-2 win on Tuesday. The Cards are in the middle of a huge home stand. As of Tuesday they sit seven games behind the Chicago Cubs in the division and they still have a small chance to try for the division title. With the trade deadline looming the Cardinals will need to find some help in three key areas if they want to improve their 2016 chances.  From the least to the most, these are the three biggest areas the Cardinals will  need help with at the trade deadline.randalgrichuk

#3 Batting

The Cardinals do not need too much help in terms of big power bats. Stephen Piscotty and Aledmys Diaz are seeing the ball well and they are getting the bulk of the runs in the Cardinals offense this season. Randal Grichuk has also had some luck seeing the ball. He has three homers and 7 RBI’s in his last 7 games. Their biggest contributor is Matt Carpenter with 14 homers and 53 RBI’s. With him joining Brandon Moss and Jhonny Peralta on the disabled list , it would benefit the Cardinals   to look for a power bat to help strengthen the batting order while they are away.AdamWainwright

#2 Starting Pitching

The starting rotation for the Cardinals is usually one of the best in the league. However, the 2016 rotation is doing well with a few exceptions. Michael Wacha only has five wins to his name and an ERA of 4.45.   Mike Leake is not far behind him with an ERA of 4.11. Even the Cardinal ace Adam Wainwright had trouble early in the season. Although Wainwright, Carlos Martinez and Jaime Garcia are doing the best they can, a new arm or two in the starting rotation could go a long way to helping the Cardinals through tough games against strong teams.

#1 The Bullpen

JonathanBroxtonThe Cardinal bullpen needs the biggest boost at the trade deadline without question. No matter how good the offense and the starting rotation does, the Cardinal pen has a tendency to throw away many of the leads that are given to them. Trevor Rosenthal did so poorly trying to close out a few big games near the end of the first half of the season that he lost his closer role to Seung-Hwan Oh and is now trying to trim down a 5.46 ERA while pitching in low stress situations. Jonathan Broxton has not been doing very well as a reliever either.  He has a 4.17 ERA and took 2 losses in his last 7 outings in 2017. Matt Bowman and Kevin Siegrist are solid relievers and Seung-Hwan Oh is helping the team close games when it matters but when the Cardinals cannot keep leads long enough to get Oh in there that presents a huge problem going forward unless they can find good relievers at the deadline.

Getting through the second half of the season will be hard unless the Cardinals can find some reliable help at the deadline. Catching up to the Cubs will be very difficult but it is not impossible by any stretch of the imagination. The Cardinals have overcome adversity before.  All they need are the right guys from the right places at the right times.

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