ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 31: Starter Michael Wacha #52 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Busch Stadium on May 31, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Wow, that was a horrible home stand. The Cardinals won only three of the ten games, and now sit just one game over .500 and five games behind the division leading Brewers.
Nobody saw this coming. The Cardinals were the consensus pick to win their division again. They didn’t appear to have a single glaring weakness when the season began, and now you can find an area of concern anywhere you look. Is it time to shake things up? Make a big trade? Do something just to do something to try to light a fire under this team? The answer to that is no. It’s waaaay too early to panic.
The Cardinals still have 91 games to play. They’re five back, not 15. The 2014 Milwaukee Brewers aren’t to be confused with the 1927 New York Yankees. The Cardinals have plenty time, and plenty of talent to overtake the Brewers and win the Central division in convincing fashion.
The Cardinals have the best roster in their division, they’re just not playing up to it right now. Matt Holliday isn’t going to continue to hit .272 with almost no power. Allen Craig won’t continue to hit at a .247 pace. Jhonny Peralta is better than the .237 average he carries right now. These guys have proven to be all star caliber hitters in the major leagues. In time, almost everybody hits what they’re suppose to hit. Holliday, Craig and Peralta have years of history to suggest they’ll all get hot at some point and produce much better offensive numbers.
It’d be a mistake to trade away any of the promising young pitchers. Tempting, but a mistake. The one thing you can count on is pitchers getting hurt. Happens every year. It’s already happened to the Cardinals starting rotation (Joe Kelly) and the odds are good that another starter will need some down time. To trade any of the young guns would be a mistake.
As hard as it is when the team is struggling, the important thing at this point is to remain patient. The Cardinals front office has put together a quality roster. It’s not time to break it up, or make a major change. They’ll be fine.