Vaughn: Cardinals standing still makes sense
Posted on July 3, 2014 at 2:45 PM
Thursday, Jul 3 at 2:45 PM
As the Cardinals continue to struggle mightily to find some offense, it still makes sense to stand pat with the roster they have. It’s way too early to panic. Still half a season to play. Yes, it’s very frustrating to see their lineup struggle game after game to produce runs, but having patience with proven veterans seems to me to be the smart way to go.
Allen Craig (.252, 6 hrs) and Matt Holliday (.267, 5 hrs) are having similar seasons. Both are producing well below their career averages. But haven’t we seen enough of both guys in recent seasons to believe they’ll find their “mojo” soon and starting producing as they have in the past? I find it hard to believe that both Craig and Holliday have suddenly forgotten how to hit, and will continue on this current pace for the entire season. They both deserve to be in the line-up daily and have the chance to hit their way out of their slumps.
Kolten Wong is close to returning from his rehab. He’s hit the ball well in triple-A. Wong should help the offensive situation at second base, which has been beyond ugly so far. Oscar Tavares should be able to handle himself defensively in centerfield well enough to get his bat in the line-up every day.
There’s an inclination to stomp your foot and demand the front office swing a major trade to improve the Cardinals offense, but that’s much easier said than done. The Cards would be wise to continue to hang on to their young pitching assets. Joe Kelly, Jaime Garcia and Michael Wacha have all been injured this season. Adam Wainwright missed a start with a tender elbow. There’s no guarantee the staff won’t be hit with more injuries as the season goes along. It’s crucial for the organization to hang onto their power arms, and resist the temptation of trading talented young pitchers for a hitter who may not perform any better than the players they have now.