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Tale Of The Tape: Cardinals Biggest Need Before Trade Deadline

As the trade deadline approaches at the end of the month and the Cardinals head into the All-Star break, the team has plenty of catching up to do in the NL Central. One of the biggest questions that Cardinals fans are speculating about: What needs does the team need to pursue at the deadline to help this club?

Offense
Pitching
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Starter Michael Wacha #52 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the New York Mets in the first inning at Busch Stadium on June 17, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.  Photo: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images
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Starter Michael Wacha #52 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the New York Mets in the first inning at Busch Stadium on June 17, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. Photo: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images
Biggest need
You can make a strong case that this team needs to do whatever they can to bring in some offensive help to push this team up higher in the NL Central. In the last 7 games the team has amassed six runs. The team has faced a number of great starting pitchers, and that will continue once they're in the playoffs. So far this season, the Cardinals are ranked 29th in runs scored with 309. At 5.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers, it's hard to continue to wait and see if the bats pick up. Making a move for offense isn't a walk in the park though. If you are looking for some immediate help to the offense you will need to part ways with some highly prized assets such as pitching depth and even some outfield prospects (Taveras, Piscotty, etc.). Searching for offense could be the best answer for John Mozeliak and the Cardinals but are you willing to give up something big to receive something big?
Pitching may not seem like it's a need as much as the offense at this point in the season but with the injuries that have taken place, some wonder if this can help the team continue to surge in the NL Central. Cardinals have the 7th lowest ERA in the MLB at this point of the season. Starting pitcher Adam Wainwright has the lowest ERA (1.93) and the most wins (11) in the National League. Why would you need more starting pitching? Injuries have taken a toll on the rotation so far this season. Joe Kelly has been injured for more than two months, Lynn and Miller has had his ups and downs throughout the season, Wacha has an inury that leaves many Cardinals trainers wondering, and Jamie Garcia may never be able to pitch a full season again with his nagging injury. The Cardinals would love to add some starting pitching help as in David Price or possibly a Cliff Lee from the Phillies. The problem that John Mozeliak has to face: Teams are going to want to sink their teeth into the pitching depth that this team has. Patience has gone in the Cardinals favor with their prospects (i.e Wacha, Miller, Adams, etc.). Giving up on them now may come back to haunt the team in the future.

We'll Just Call it a Tie

(Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images) Starter Michael Wacha #52 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the New York Mets in the first inning at Busch Stadium on June 17, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.  Photo: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Whether it's offense, pitching, or standing pat at the deadline that Mozeliak decides to do the Cardinals will continue to play and fight for their position at number 1 in the NL Central. As more players get healthy, the team will continue to look at the big picture with the 2014 Cardinals team. Patience is key at this point, but come July 31st, GM John Mozeliak will have a decision to dig into his prospect pool or let his team work through their struggles together.

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