Cardinals need to do something, anything, about the lousy offense

Posted by Scott Wuerz on April 24, 2014 

While it's certainly not panic time, we've waded far enough into the 2014 season to realize the St. Louis Cardinals need to do something about their unexpectedly anemic offense.

Through 23 games, the Redbirds have scored three runs or less 14 times. Three starters, if you can still consider Peter Bourjos a starter at this point, are batting well less than .200. With that sort of production, it's a miracle that the Cardinals are still over .500 with a very modest 12-11 record.

Sure, we can all claim that the Birds' mediocre start can be blamed on the fact that 17 of their first 23 games were on the road. But professionals aren't supposed to be in the excuse making business. And it's not as if the Cardinals were playing the '27 New York Yankees in the House that Ruth built.

They lost a pathetic three of four games against the scuffling New York Mets who also have three starters who are struggling to hit their weight. 

It must have been cathartic for the Lance Lynn haters to see the Redbirds score a grand total of one run for big righty to hang a loss on him despite the fact that Lynn struck out nine and allowed four hits and two earned runs over 6 1/3 innings of work. It sort of evens out the 7-6 games in which he gets wins.

The Cardinals aren't going to score seven runs very often if they don't find a second place hitter and a clean-up man who can hit better than .180.

I'm starting to wonder if Jhonny Peralta really can't hit without his performance being enhanced. His deal is starting to look about five times worse than the contract that the Birds gave Ty Wigginton.

Peter Bourjos seems determined to justify the Anaheim Angels' loss of confidence in him. He's not only batting .178, he's struck out in more than a third of his 45 at-bats and he's got a .245 on-base percentage.

Jon Jay, who was demoted from his starting position over the winter, has been a rare bright spot for St. Louis, winning his playing time back with a .300 batting average and nine RBIs, good for third on the club.

But with Jay starting, it leaves the Cardinals with almost no production from the bench. Only Tony Cruz is batting over .178 -- and manager Mike Matheny doesn't like to use him as a pinch hitter in case starter Yadier Molina would get hurt.

The Cardinals are going to have to hope that right fielder Allen Craig and Peralta figure out what's going on soon. Otherwise, General Manager John Mozeliak is going to have to seriously consider calling on some help from Class AAA Memphis where the minor league outfielders are tearing the cover off the ball.

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