Homestand Highlights for June 17-26, 2019

During their last road trip, the Cardinals had series wins over the Marlins and the Mets for a 5-5 road record.  Sadly, Michael Wacha had another rough start.  He needs to either go back to the bullpen or be released.  The Cards were probably distracted during last Wednesday’s game since they were hoping that the Blues would win the Stanley Cup, which they did.  The Blues have thrown down the gauntlet; the Cardinals need to win the World Series this year.  Chicago has never had a Stanley Cup win and a World Series win in the same year so it would be great if that could happen in St. Louis this year.  The Pauls (Goldschmidt and DeJong) both hit home runs during the first inning of yesterday’s game.  Hopefully, their bats are starting to get hot like the weather in St. Louis. Miles Mikolas has not been pitching so well in his last couple of starts, so let’s hope he can pitch better tonight.

Have you voted for your favorite Cardinals for the All-Star Game yet?  Don’t forget, there’s a new voting format this year – the top 3 vote-getters at each position will then be pitted against each other to determine who will be the starter at that position. You can vote at cardinals.com/vote or on Google.  You can vote up to 5 times a day, so vote while you’re waiting for tonight’s game to start.

The Cardinals start a new homestand tonight, the last homestand before the All-Star Game.  The Cards play another series against the Marlins, and then play two interleague series; the first series is against the Angels (welcome back Albert!) and the second series is against the Oakland A’s (welcome back Stephen Piscotty!).  Here are all the details on this upcoming homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Monday, June 17—Wednesday, June 26)

Albert Pujols’ Return and Wives’ Grab Bag Fundraiser Highlight Sixth Homestand

Back from their longest road trip of the year with 10 contests in 10 days, the Cardinals return for nine games at Busch.  The sixth homestand of the year opens with four games against the Miami Marlins (June 17-20), continues with a three-game weekend series against the Los Angeles Angels (June 21-23) and concludes with two games versus the Oakland Athletics (June 25-26).  Additionally, fans are encouraged to send#TheLouToTheLand by voting Cardinals players for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game in Cleveland at cardinals.com/vote.

Monday, June 17, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 5:45 PM

Outdoors Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will take home a Cardinals fishing shirt.  A portion of each ticket will be donated back to the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation. To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/outdoors.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 5:45 PM

Fredbird’s Garage Sale: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will be able to select three previous Theme Ticket giveaways to take home.  Item/size availability is limited and items will be available on a first come, first served basis.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/garagesale.

Boots at Busch: 93.7 The Bull and the Cardinals welcome back Boots at Busch—a series of home games featuring live country music in a “battle of the bands” format.  Tonight’s battle features Jake Shafer and Dustin Coleman.  Performances begin at 6:15 PM in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets to each Battle at Busch game are available for $5 or $10 at cardinals.com/bootsatbusch.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 5:45 PM

African American Heritage Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will take home a unique St. Louis Stars t-shirt.  Join us for a special pregame celebration in Budweiser Terrace featuring live entertainment by DJ Charlie Chan, a Q&A with Cardinals alumni and a step performance by the Gentlemen of Vision.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme.

Thursday, June 20, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins (6:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 4:45 PM

Scout Night III: Scouts and their guests can enjoy $14 Theme Tickets and receive a special Girl or Boy Scout patch.  All scouts and troop leaders will be invited to participate in a pregame parade around the warning track.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/scouts.

Friday, June 21, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Angels (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 5:15 PM

Goodwill Autograph Night: A current Cardinals player will sign 100 autographs in Ford Plaza for fans ages 15 years and younger from 5:45-6:15. Cardinals Alumni John Costello and Bernard Gilkey will sign autographs for fans of all ages from 6:15-7:00.  Players subject to change.

Flashback Friday & Artifact Spotlight: Before every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum hosts two presentations, one highlighting artifacts in the museum’s collection not currently on display at 3:00 & 3:30 PM and another featuring intimate and candid interviews with a former Cardinals player at 4 PM.  Today’s interview will be with RP Mark Littell.  To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items.

Saturday, June 22, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Angels (1:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 11:15 AM

Cardinals Wives Grab Bag Fundraiser: Cardinals Wives will be selling mystery grab bags to fans for $50 at Gate 3, Gate 4, and inside the Cardinals Club, Redbird Club and Ford Plaza. Inside each bag is an autographed baseball from a Cardinals player and a card revealing the mystery signature. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Angels’ Arms and Girls in the Know.  For more info, visit cardinals.com/cardinalswives.

Prairie Farms Kids Run The Bases: Fans ages 15 and under are invited to run the bases after the game (weather permitting). 

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Sunday, June 23, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Angels (6:05 p.m.)

TV: ESPN – Well, the ESPN crew can’t love all over the Cubs if the Cards aren’t playing them.  

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 4:05 PM

Rawlings Kids Glove Giveaway: 12,000 kids, ages 15 and under, entering with a ticket.  Right-handed gloves can be exchanged for left-handed gloves at the Theme Kiosk in Budweiser Terrace.

Saturday Signings at the Museum: In a special Sunday Edition of Saturday Signings, former Cardinals closer Mark Littell will sign from 2-4 PM.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, fans and families can enjoy games, prizes and free North Star frozen treats in Ford Plaza (while supplies last).

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visitcardinals.com/5050.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Oakland Athletics (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 5:45 PM

Fernando Viña Budweiser Bash: Fans who purchase a special Bud Bash Theme Ticket will receive a limited-edition Fernando Viña bobblehead.  VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Fernando.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/budbash.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Oakland Athletics (6:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 4:45 PM

Note:  My hubby and I will be at this game and we’ll be sitting in section 261, row 9.  If you’re in the vicinity, stop by and say hi!

June T-Shirt of the Month Giveaway: 20,000 fans, ages 16 and older, presented by TD Ameritrade. If you’re a Blues and/or Yadi Molina fan, you may want to get tickets to this game – the T-shirt features Yadi in his Blues fan gear and the words “Let’s Go Blues!”

Soccer Night II: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a unique long-sleeve Cardinals soccer jersey.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/soccernight.

Battle at Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals welcome back the Battle at Busch concert series.  Tonight’s battle features Dr. Fong and the Long Brothers, The Shaved Cat Project & Black Creek Hollow.  Gate 1 will open at 4:15 PM.  Performances begin at 4:35 PM in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets are available for $5 at cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane 

What, me worry? Oh, yes. A lot.

On this off-day, Alfred E. Neumann is making a return appearance.  The Cardinals’ last homestand was atrocious. They only won 2 of the last 10 games.  I attended two games last week and the Cards lost both of them. That was not a good return on my investment.  In fact, the Cards haven’t looked good since the rain-delayed game in Washington on April 28.  They were swept in Chicago (how embarrassing!), and only won 1 game of each of the last 2 series.  The Cards are now tied with Pittsburgh for 4th place in the National League Central division. What is wrong with the Cardinals?  I have some thoughts and questions. 

Jose Martinez.  Don’t get me wrong; I love the guy.  He has personality plus.  He truly enjoys playing the game; however, he can’t play the field.  Batters from opposing teams know to hit to Jose because he can’t catch a ball hit to him unless it happens to land in his glove.  He certainly can hit, though.  Jose would make a great designated hitter for an American League team.  He plays better in the outfield when Harrison Bader is there to back him up, which leads to my next question –

Why isn’t Harrison Bader playing?  There is the usual “Dexter Fowler is making more money and Jose Martinez can really hit” excuse.  Although right field is not Dexter’s natural position, he plays a lot better there than Jose does.  When I saw the lineup for yesterday’s game, I almost flipped out.  Yairo Munoz was playing center field? Why?  I understand giving Dexter a day off, but why wasn’t Harrison playing?  The excuse given for yesterday’s game was that Harrison had a stiff neck.  Don’t the Cardinals have a chiropractor on staff that could adjust Harrison’s neck?  What about all the other times Harrison could have played since his return from the IL?  Is Harrison in someone’s doghouse for some reason?  He’s not hitting well when he’s being brought in in late innings, but that’s because he hasn’t been hitting in game situations.  He needs to get his timing back.  The Cards also sorely miss Harrison’s stellar defense in center field.

Where has the offense gone?  The Cards may have scored 17 runs in the May 9 game, but they should have saved some runs for the next night.  In fact, every time the Cards win games by such large margins, they don’t score well, if at all, in the next game.  Marcell Ozuna, Jose Martinez, and Paul DeJong are the only players hitting with some regularity.  Matt Carpenter claims the only place he can hit is leadoff, but he’s not hitting well at all.  It’s time to place Matt further down the lineup and find a new leadoff batter. It could even be time to shake up the lineup, perhaps start it with DeJong-Ozuna-Goldschmidt. 

The bullpen looks shaky.  I shiver every time Tyler Webb is brought into a game.  He does not have what it takes to be a bullpen pitcher.  I think he will be sent down to AAA when Carlos Martinez completes his rehab assignment.  John Brebbia showed he was human yesterday.  And poor Jordan Hicks doesn’t get to pitch much because the Cards are not winning games he can save.  Andrew Miller has more bad pitching outings than good, which is disappointing. 

It’s still fairly early in the season and perhaps this is just a minor slump. Hopefully, this off-day will give the team a day to rest and recuperate. Perhaps watching tonight’s Blues game will relax the guys. I’m looking forward to watching some winning Cardinals baseball starting tomorrow night.

That’s all for now! Thanks for reading and see you next time!

Diane

Homestand Highlights for April 6-11, 2019

The opening ceremonies at today’s game were awe-inspiring as always.  It was great to see the Hall of Famers, although I missed seeing Red. Today’s game didn’t go as planned.  Sure, Goldy and DeJong hit home runs, but they weren’t enough to win the game.  But there are still a few games left on this homestand and there is still time to turn things around.  Will you be going to any of the next few games?  There are lots of theme nights and giveaways the next few days, so here’s all the information you need to know:

Saturday, April 6, 2019 — Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres (1:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WJIR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 11:15 AM

  • Mystery Hall of Fame Opening Day Car Parade Bobblehead Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, courtesy of Ford.
  • Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen will sign from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.
  • 50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visitcardinals.com/5050.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, inside the Redbird and Cardinals Club through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.

Sunday, April 7, 2019 — Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres (1:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WJIR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 11:15 AM

  • Adult Windbreaker Giveaway:  30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, courtesy of Old Dominion Freight Line.
  • Kids Ticket Voucher Giveaway: All kids entering with a ticket, ages 15 and younger, courtesy of Ritz.
  • Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, bring the entire family to Ford Plaza for games, prizes and free North Star frozen treats (while supplies last).
  • 50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visitcardinals.com/5050.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, inside the Redbird and Cardinals Club through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.

Monday, April 8, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (6:45 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WJIR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 5:15 PM

  • College Theme Night #1: For just $20, fans will receive a ticket to the game and an exclusive Cardinals letterman sweatshirt jacket.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/college.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1 and Gate 3 through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (6:45 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WJIR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 5:15 PM

  • Award Ceremony: Prior to the start of the game, Paul Goldschmidt will be presented with his 2018 Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award in recognition of being selected as the best offensive National League first baseman by NL managers and coaches.
  • Game of Thrones Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive designed Game of Thrones t-shirt.  An official Iron Throne will be on hand.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/thrones.
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (6:45 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WJIR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 5:15 PM

  • Firefighter Appreciation Night: With the purchase of a special theme ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals Firefighter cap and one complimentary drink.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/firefighters.
  • Law Enforcement Appreciation Night: With the purchase of a special theme ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals Law Enforcement cap and one complimentary drink.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/lawenforcement.
  • Scouts Theme Night #1: Scouts and their guests can enjoy $14 tickets and a special Girl or Boy Scout patch.  All scouts and troop leaders will be invited to participate in a pregame parade around the warning track.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/college.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1 and Gate 3 through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.

Thursday, April 11, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (12:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest, MLB Network (out-of-market only)

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WJIR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 10:45 AM

  • Ceremonial First Pitch: Cardinals fan, Sister Mary Jo Sobieck, best known for her perfect first pitch last season at Guarantee Rate Field before a White Sox game, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
  • Firefighter Appreciation Day: With the purchase of a special theme ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals Firefighter cap and one complimentary drink.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/firefighters.
  • Law Enforcement Appreciation Day: With the purchase of a special theme ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals Law Enforcement cap and one complimentary drink.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/lawenforcement.
  • Great Clips Charity Haircuts: During the game, fans can root for the Redbirds and shape up their roots with a visit to Ford Plaza.  For a $10 donation, Great Clips will cut your hair and donate all proceeds to Cardinals Care.

BUSCH STADIUM INFORMATION

Fan Information Guide

The Busch Stadium Fan Information is designed to assist our fans by presenting information about St. Louis Cardinals/Busch Stadium offerings and accommodations.  View the guide at cardinals.com/info.

Food & Beverage

The Cardinals Fan Food Guide is available at cardinals.com/food and via the MLB.com Ballpark mobile app to help fans locate their favorite food and beverages at Busch Stadium.

Team Store

The Official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium features the area’s best selection of premium Cardinals merchandise and is open daily from 10 AM – 6 PM.  On game nights, the store will remain open to the public and will close approximately one hour after the game.

Prohibited Items

Visit cardinals.com/security for the complete stadium inspection policy & prohibited items list.

Re-Entry & Smoking Gate

Exit stamps will be available for guests who need to exit the stadium but plan to return.  The stamps will be located inside Gate 1 and Gate 4.  The Smoking Gate is located outside of Gate 1.

MORE CARDINALS INFORMATION

Cardinals Magazine – Opening Day Issue on Sale

Newcomers Paul Goldschmidt and Andrew Miller cover the season-opening edition of Cardinals Magazine and sit down for an exclusive Q&A to kick off the 2019 season.  Our inside access takes you behind the scenes as style masters Harrison Bader and Jack Flaherty go shopping in Jupiter for manager Mike Shildt.  Plus, contributions from Miles Mikolas, Jim Edmonds, Mike Shannon and more!

Start a print or digital subscription and receive two free tickets to a 2019 home game (one-year) or a Harrison Bader bobblehead (two-year).  To subscribe, visit cardinals.com/publications or call 314-345-9000.  Follow them on Twitter at @CardsMagazine. #CardsMagazine

Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum

The Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum is open daily from 10 AM – 6 PM and remains open through the 7th inning on home game nights.  Museum programming, including Saturday Signings, Flashback Fridays and Artifact Spotlight presentations, are scheduled throughout the season.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum. #CardsMuseum

Cardinals Authentics Shop

Cardinals Authentics specializes in official, game-used, limited edition and autographed memorabilia direct from the club.  The Cardinals Nation location is open daily from 10 AM – 8 PM.  On game nights, the Ford Plaza shop will remain open 30 minutes after last pitch while the Cardinals Nation shop will remain open through the end of the game.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/authentics or follow them on Twitter@CardsAuthentics. #CardsAuthentics

Official Team Media Guide

2019 Cardinals media guides are available for $20 at the Official Cardinals Team Store, Cardinals Authentics Shops and cardinals.com/mediaguide.

Official Team Scorecard

Designed by local artist Mike Right, 2019 team scorecards are available for $2.50 at Busch Stadium and cardinals.com/scorecard.

Cardinals Insider with Ozzie Smith

Cardinals Insider is a Mid-America Emmy-nominated weekly news magazine television show hosted by Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith that gives fans an all-access pass to everything Cardinals baseball featuring exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content.  To watch full episodes or find an updated programming schedule, visit cardinals.com/insider.  #CardsInsider

Cardinals in the Community

Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the organization to help children in our community—both on and off the baseball field.  Established in 1997, Cardinals Care has invested over $24 million to support St. Louis area children and built or renovated 23 youth ball fields in local under-resourced neighborhoods.  Fans can learn how to support Cardinals Care by visiting cardinals.com/community. #CardsCare

Official Pregame Parties

Cardinals Nation Restaurant hosts the Official Pregame Party of the St. Louis Cardinals before every game.  The ticketed pep-rally style party is located on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in the Hall of Fame Club, two and a half hours prior to every Cardinals home game all the way until first pitch.  Visit cardinals.com/pregame to purchase tickets or for more information.

Cardinals Nation Food Truck

For weekly truck location announcements, follow on Twitter @CardsFoodTruck.  To view the full food truck menu or for more information, visit cardinals.com/foodtruck.

Ballpark Village

No ticket, no problem!  Ballpark Village offers an unprecedented watch party experience with over 1,200 square feet of TVs with direct stadium feed, as well as Budweiser Brew House Deck Parties post-game every Friday with DJ Todd Thomas and Official Cardinals Away Game Watch Parties with premium giveaways.  Learn more at stlballparkvillage.com.

That’s all for now! See you next time!

Diane

Mid-season musings

It’s Thursday evening and we’re usually watching a Cards game.  However, since this is the All-Star break, there is no baseball tonight. There will be baseball again tomorrow night but until then, I’ll just put my thoughts down here and see if you agree with me or not.

At mid-season, the Cards are tied for second place with the Cubs in the NL Central with a 43-45 record.  It could be worse – the Cards could be in last place. The Cincinnati Reds are presently in last place.  The Brewers are in first place – who’d a thunk it? The NL Central is a weak division this year. Given the quality of the Cards’ play this year, it’s amazing the Cards are tied for second place.  Like last season, the Cards have been consistently inconsistent.

Some of the players we saw at the beginning of the season have departed or have been shuttled off to Memphis.  Jhonny Peralta and Jonathon Broxton were designated for assignment. Matt Adams was traded to Atlanta, where he has been hitting well. Aledmys Diaz was sent down to Memphis, and Randal Grichuk has been sent down to Memphis and brought back up.  Luke Voit and Paul DeJong have been brought up from Memphis and played well.  Tommy Pham was called up from Memphis when Dexter Fowler was injured and has played and hit very well.

There have been changes at the managerial level as well, as outlined here. And John Mozeliak has been bumped up to a new position created for him, that of President of Baseball Operations.   Mo’s assistant GM, Michael Girsch, was promoted to general manager.

The second half of the season starts tomorrow.  The trade deadline is fast approaching.  The Cubs made a major move today – they traded 3 prospects for White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana.  Will the Cards be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline?

There are traffic jams in the outfield and in the infield.  There are four outfielders but only 3 positions.  Tommy Pham came up from Memphis and made a big splash playing center field filling in for Dexter Fowler in his two stints on the disabled list.  Tommy grew so comfortable in center field that he has stated publicly he wants to play there all the time.  However, Dexter is not going away anytime soon.  Tommy, if you had played better in that position last season, the sight problems notwithstanding, perhaps the team wouldn’t have had to sign Dexter.  I felt so bad for Jose Martinez.  He toiled in the minor leagues for years to get the chance to play in the major leagues only to be sent back down.  So do any of the outfielders go away by the trade deadline? I think the best thing that could happen is that Pham gets moved to left field and Dexter stays in center.  Grichuk should ride the bench in case of injury or if a pinch hitter is needed.  Grichuk’s bat has been streaky, but we knew that.

The infield also has a traffic jam.  Aledmys Diaz was sent down to Memphis.  Paul DeJong was brought up and has played well.  Second base has been sort of a revolving door.  Matt Carpenter was assigned to first base, which left no place for Matt Adams. Kolten Wong has been on the disabled list. Greg Garcia and Matt Carpenter have tried playing second base but neither of them has done well at the position.  Kolten has been activated so he will be back at second base tomorrow night.  Kolten’s bat has been on fire in rehab.  Luke Voit is doing a great job playing first.  He is also batting quite well.  Carpenter is the odd man out.

The closer role has also been a revolving door.  Seung-Hwan Oh started the season as the closer, but he has proven to be human.  Trevor Rosenthal has had his ups and downs as well And the bullpen has been streaky.

Everyone is saying that the Cardinals need a big bat in the middle of the lineup.  I have another suggestion.  Perhaps the Cardinals need a new hitting coach. Matt Holliday has been working with Aaron Judge, the Yankees’ big home run hitter.  Matt would be a great hitting coach for the Cards.

So should the Cards be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline?  There are so many variables in play that I hate to make even an educated guess.  All I know is that I’m glad that I don’t have to make that decision.

The All-Star Game was a lot of fun (even though the National League lost), but I’m missing Cardinals baseball and I can’t wait until 6:15 PM CST when the Cardinals play again.  Here’s hoping that the Cardinals are more consistent in the second half of the season and make the playoffs.  There’s still time for it to happen. Thanks as always for reading – see you next time!

Diane