If I would have told you in March of this year Adam Wainwright would only pitch in 4 games, Matt Adams would miss 4-5 months, Matt Holiday also would miss an extended period of time with only 4 homers through 200 at-bats, and the offense of the Cardinals is 19th out of 30 teams in runs scored, would you say they would be a playoff team? I don’t think you would. I know I wouldn’t. Or at the very least they wouldn’t be the “best” team in baseball.
The Cardinals have exceeded expectations this season with the best record in baseball through 101 games (64-37), in large part to their great young pitching. They have the best ERA in baseball as a collective staff by far with an impressive 2.63 ERA. The issue however has been with the bats. The Cardinals have a record of 42-8 when scoring more than 3 runs. Otherwise they are 9-22 when scoring less than 3 runs. The Cardinals have a team batting average of .254, are 25th in home runs, and are 21st in slugging percentage.
Ok, so we know the Cardinals are really good. We know they are making the playoffs. They are on pace to win around 95 games. But the question is what will they do when they get there? Are they good enough to reach the World Series with the team they have? How would they fair in a series against the Nationals, Dodgers, or Pirates? Are the Cardinals done adding players?
The Cardinals most definitely could use an extra hitter or two. But what is the cost? Is it worth giving up a top prospect or one of your established players? These are all things General Manager John Mozeliak will have to weigh when making a decision before the trade deadline at 3 pm on Friday.
I love to see the Cards moving pieces and adding guys at the deadline. It’s very exciting. But I still want the Cardinals to be smart. I don’t think it’s usually wise to give up a top prospect or a good young player, especially if you are only getting a rental in return.
As I write this the Cardinals just announced they have traded for Brandon Moss of the Cleveland Indians. Moss is batting .217 with 15 homers and 50 RBI. Moss is making $6.5 million this year, and is arbitration eligible next season. I just said in the previous paragraph I don’t like giving away top prospects. The Cardinals just sent the 10th best left-handed pitching prospect in all of baseball away. Rob Kaminsky will go to the Indians. Kaminsky drafted in the first round of the 2013 draft had a 2.09 ERA in Class A this season.
I think the Cardinals needed to make a move but was it too steep? I think it was a little steep. I’m not crazy about the move, however I don’t think it was a bad move given the circumstances with Matt Holiday’s injury and the need for a hitter. Hopefully, Moss can help the Cardinals down the stretch. He has pop and they desperately needed that.
I give the trade a C+ for the Cardinals. In my opinion if the Cardinals grabbed Chris Davis from the Orioles for Rob Kaminsky it would not have been as bad of a move. Davis a .241 average, 24 homeruns, and 65 RBI this year with the Orioles. I don’t think Mozeliak should have pulled the trigger on the Moss trade. Of course it all depends on how Kaminsky fairs in the future. I don’t blame Mozeliak for doing something, just wish we would have grabbed someone better in return.
Now are the Cardinals done adding players? I would not be surprised if the Cardinals did add another player, however I don’t think it’s likely. At this point the Cardinals are probably done with any trades.
What do you think about the Cardinals trades?
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Stats and information take from: stlcardinals.com