Interesting comments yesterday from GM John Mozeliak about how he is perplexed by Redbird rooters' concerns about the home team. After all, he argues, they are fighting for first place...
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Yeah, I'm thrilled to be closer to the top of the standings than the bottom. Especially when our most financially significant off season acquisition is mired on the disabled list with a social anxiety disorder -- not to mention a .200 batting average.
But, as we like to tell our frenemies on the north side of Chicago, MLB doesn't pass out trophies in June.
And here are a couple of interesting facts:
The Cardinals reached the eight games over .500 mark on April 27. Since then they are nothing more than a .500 baseball club. The Birds were 10 games over .500 at 17-7 on May 1 when they were four games out in front of the National League Central pack. Since then they are 14-16 and they needed to win Thursday to regain a share of first place.
Mo says the Cardinals are greatly improved over 2008. But they actually have a worse record than last season at this point.
June 5, 2008: 35-25 (10 games over .500)
June 5, 2009: 31-23 (8 games over .500)
Also, keep in mind that the Cubs have been playing without their best RBI man, Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Zambrano has spent a spell on the disabled list.
It is not ridiculous to believe that as the weather gets hot, the competition will heat up, too. So, lets get moving and get a slugger so Albert Pujols sees a pitch or two in the strike zone after the All-Star break.
The longer you wait, the higher the price of in-demand talent is going to get... And the less value the Cardinals and their fans will get for their baseball bucks.