Feldman: Cards best offensive adjustment may be to stay patient
KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 5: Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a RBI single in the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on June 5, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) By Ed Zurga
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 09: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals plays against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game at PNC Park May 9, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) By Justin K. Aller
(BaseballStL) -- No, the Cardinals are not hitting.
Yes, it can be extremely frustrating for all the fans out there who can’t believe this team – just months after making its second World Series appearance in three years – can hover around the .500 mark for more than a third of the season.
But the hardest thing to comprehend? The fact there’s no easy fix. What’s GM John Mozeliak going to do? Trade Allen Craig? DFA Jhonny Peralta? Option Matt Holliday?
Most of those who are underachieving on the offensive end are veterans who are locked into long term contracts and are considered the core of this team. You can’t just break up a team like this because of a portion of one season.
At least it’d be a major surprise if they did.
Adding a bat at the trade deadline or even making significant changes to the offense would be extremely tricky. Doing so would either hinder the development of a high draft pick who the franchise has invested significant resources into their future.
It could also mean giving up some of talented young pitching the Cardinals have when we’ve seen full well how quickly injuries can occur (think Joe Kelly and Jaime Garcia).
There really isn’t a whole lot that Mozeliak can do other than to sit and wait for his offense to come around. When Matt Adams comes back he’ll just have to let Mike Matheny figure out how to incorporate him into an offense struggling for runs. Will that mean loss of playing time for Oscar Taveras? Allen Craig? Even Matt Adams?
Or does Adams come off the bench?
There’s no easy solution to curing a woeful offense. You’d like to think just a few hot games of putting up big numbers would be the spark this club needs. But that’s no guarantee.
Just hoping a combination of Taveras, Craig, Molina, Holliday, Wong, Peralta, Carpenter, Grichuk and others can just get the job done at some point.