The day the Brewers acquired C.C. Sabatha, the Cardinals sat three and a half games behind the Cubs and half a game ahead of the Cerveceros. Sure enough, the Cubs countered with a move of their own and acquired Rich Harden. That was over two weeks ago.
A week ago, the Cardinals were in second place, four games behind the Cubbies, and one game ahead third place Milwaukee.
Tonight, after an eight-game winning streak by the Brewers, the Cardinals sit in third place, four games behind first place Chicago.
Sure, it may not be enough to call it a pattern, but the reality is that Sabathia has been everything the Brewers needed and the Cubs added talent to an already talented roster. Does that mean the Cardinals have to make a move?
No, says my brother, a hard-nosed, die-hard Cardinal fan.
One argument is for the Red Birds to get some bullpen help
Little brother says the imminent return of team ace Chris Carpenter, as well as last year’s revelation Adam Wainwright, will push starters Braden Looper and Mitchell Boggs to the bullpen. Plus the icing on the rotation’s cake is Kyle Lohse’s “out-of-no-where” season.
As far as their closer situation, the good news is that in lieu of a disappointing Jason Isringhausen, Ryan Franklin has collected 14 saves in 18 chances. The bad news is he has four blown saves, the latest one coming in walk-off fashion off the bat of Ryan Braun, who happens to play for those very same Brewers.
What about a bat?
They may need a bat, but Troy Glaus has been hot, not to mention All-Star Ryan Ludwick, Rich “it was still legal” Ankiel and Pujols, are all on pace to collect 100+ RBI.
Even Yadier Molina is having a solid year, batting 40 full points above his career average.
Show me some glove
And, little brother says, don’t underestimate defense. The Cardinals are tied for the best fielding percentage in the National League with the Astros.
While all of those are compelling arguments, the truth of the matter is the Cards need to stock up if they want to keep up in the NL Central. The most glaring need is bullpen help, and they’ve sent scouts to keep an eye on Oriole’s closer George Scherrill. What’s more, too much pitching is never a bad thing, which is why they’ve been mentioned in A.J. Burnett trade speculation.
If the Cards do make a move (which I think they need to), all signs point to pitching help, but adding a good bat off the bench couldn’t hurt.