The St. Louis Cardinals got off to a hot start and by the end of May had already won 30 games. Since then they have slipped a bit, going just .500 in June, and 4-6 in July up to the All Star Break. They have an overall record of 47-41 and find themselves a full game behind the Cincinnati Reds for the lead in the National League Central division. If I were a Cardinals fan, I would not be fretting though, this is a very solidly put together club, and I fully expect them to win this division when all is said and done.
As an offensive unit they have scored 391 runs, and the team batting average is .260. That number is good enough to be sixth among the 16 National League clubs. They have collected 778 hits, which is 7th best among the NL teams. There 778 hits can be broken down like this; 165 doubles, 12 triples, and 90 home runs. Their on base percentage is .331, and they have just one regular starter batting below .200 (SS Brendan Ryan .194).
Their pitching staffs has given up 332 runs, and have a staff ERA of 3.39 which is the second best ERA of the NL franchises. They have given up 74 home runs and have struck out 603 batters, and issued 259 walks. Their closer, Ryan Franklin, has converted 16 saves and has an ERA of 3.63 and an overall record of 3-1.
If this team has a particular need heading towards the trading deadline, I would have to say that it is back of the rotation starter both Brad Penny and Kyle Lohse have high ERA’s and losing records. I would also like to see them get some more offensive production out of the Short Stop spot. A good team can hind one bad hitter, but it would be easier if they didn’t have too.