(BaseballSTL) --- This time of the year you hear teams scream "we need this" or "we need that" moving forward. Most of the time, it's accurate. Those teams do need those things. If they don't get them, most likely their chances of winning would decrease significantly.
The Cardinals are in a different boat, however. At 62-37 they have the best record in Major League baseball. Their offense is loaded. Their pitching staff has been very good over the course of this season - save for a few rough patches.
Yet you still hear many claim that they NEED something. No, in actuality the Cards don't really need anything. They want plenty, but they don't need those things.
Would a better hitting shortstop make this team even more formidable than it already is? Sure. Would a front line starting pitcher give their rotation more depth heading into October? Absolutely. Would a veteran presence in the bullpen alleviate any issues with young arms like Seth Maness and Kevin Siegrist entering the playoffs? Possibly.
But that hardly qualifies as having a need. Those are defined as wants.
When you have a +142 run differential - easily the most in baseball - and have scored 495 runs you can't possibly have a true need unless someone gets hurt or someone inexplicably falls on his face. Neither of which has happened here.
Joe Kelly is more than capable of handling the fifth spot in the starting rotation considering he did it last year. Tyler Lyons held serve while Jake Westbrook was out too. Unless someone else goes down for an extended period of time injuries haven't done enough to this team to create a true need.
And, yes, while Lance Lynn has struggled over the last month or two I'm not sure the Cardinals are at the point where they have to replace him in the rotation. Not while they have Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez in AAA ready to take over should something happen.
GM John Mozeliak has made his mark with this franchise by building up the minor league system, providing an endless supply of reinforcements when necessary. He's going to use these guys sooner or later, so there's nothing wrong with living and dying by them now. With this team's depth, Mozeliak should not have to overpay for someone such as Jake Peavy or Ervin Santana because he doesn't have to. Other teams might have to because they don't have the Cardinals depth. They have no choice. They NEED to make such a move.
The Cardinals can simply roll with what they have - what's brought them to this point 25 games over the .500 mark - and use their prospects if something unexpected happens.
Other teams might try and fetch a king's ransom for their players at this time of the year and someone may bite. But the Cards won't.
Because they don't need to.