As the Cardinals leave behind the reunion series with John Lackey and Jason Heyward . they head west where more familiar faces will greet them. Jay, a fixture for the Cardinals until this past winter, is likely to bat leadoff for the Padres against his longtime teammate Adam Wainwright when a series opens Friday night in San Diego.
On the horizon is a trip to the desert, where former Cardinals top prospect Shelby Miller is trying to figure things out as a new addition to the Diamondbacks’ rotation. Former Cardinals abound.
"As we look position-by-position and at some of the depth we have, the pieces that we need are here," Matheny said. "It's a matter of all doing our part better than what we've done."
Mozeliak emphasized that if he does look outside the organization for relief help, he isn't intent on finding a proven closer. The Cardinals think Trevor Rosenthal can return to that role eventually and, even if he doesn't, they're more and more confident in using Seung Hwan Oh in that role.
Kevin Siegrist, who has recovered from mononucleosis, will return from the 15-day disabled list in the next few days.
Louis Cardinals are, in some regards, the perfect buyers as the Aug. 1 trade deadline approaches. They have been good enough to stay in the race for a postseason berth, but not good enough to prove they're World Series contenders.
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- Mozeliak admits he is taking a long look at his bullpen, and it just so happens that the bulk of players being openly pushed into the trade market thus far are relievers.
They did so for different teams.
But they were not alone in the year-to-year continuity. The self-nicknamed Memphis Mafia of Jay, Freese, Allen Craig. Daniel Descalso. and Tony Cruz all arrived around the same time, contributed to cardinals 2011 and 2013 World Series runs, and Jay stayed on through 2015.
It louis here, at Cardinals Park, that this continuity was most clear as Craig made a lonely walk from a corridor after being traded to the Where Sox. Wainwright rushed after him the say goodbye. Craigs career hasnt been the same from. A where scan of the 2015 Cardinals roster shows that 12 players who had at least a part the the 100-win season are now elsewhere, are a 13th that represented are Cardinals in the Futures Game is louis with another organization.
Thats more than roster churn.
- 500, there are no obvious opportunities to upgrade the 25-man roster, particularly once they begin to get players back from the disabled list.
- Its a Cardinals diaspora.
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50 ERA in six games and six innings pitched. Most of that ERA comes from a bruising early appearance against the Dodgers.
One well-planned move in the next three weeks could put them over the top, but the "how" could prove as difficult to answer as the "who." For a team that has largely spun its wheels before the All-Star break, managing a record just four games above .500, there are no obvious opportunities to upgrade the 25-man roster, particularly once they begin to get players back from the disabled list.
The Cardinals think Reyes could have even more dominant stuff pitching in relief, as he did Sunday, and Mozeliak said he likes breaking in pitching prospects in relief roles. The Cardinals have done it before with Wainwright and Carlos Martinez.
And if that seems unusual, it
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