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St. Louis Cardinals

Stadium: Busch Stadium | Manager: Mike Matheny
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Try this one on for size: Kolten Wong has three homers in 182 plate appearances. Matt Holliday has five in 380.
More than half a season isn't a small sample or a fluke. At some point, you are what you are, and this offense continues to be below average -- especially in the power categories. With a banged-up pitching staff and a now-very-strong NL Central, something needs to change.
Sixty percent of the rotation has had an elbow or shoulder issue in June. That doesn't bode well moving forward.
There isn't a week that goes by without me second-guessing where I ranked a few teams. That's part of the job with something like this, especially with so many things changing each week. I can't remember a time, though, where I was actually angry with myself until last week's Cardinals ranking. They were way too high. No excuses: I messed up. What's funny is since then, they've actually been outstanding. Now they've won eight of nine and appear worthy of a top-five ranking. I'm not going to correct now what was wrong last week, but I still wanted to be accountable. They were at least five spots too high. My bad.
Adam Wainwright has to be the leader in the clubhouse as the NL All-Star Game starter. Not only would it be well-deserved, it would be his first and his manager, Mike Matheny, is making the choice.
Now that Oscar Taveras is in the show, familiarize yourself with lefty Marco Gonzales. He's the next great Cardinals prospect.
They haven't been alone in first place yet this season. That will have changed within the next week, I predict.
Jason Motte will be eased back into a bullpen role, but given Trevor Rosenthal's control problems to this point, it's far from a sure thing who will be closing things down for the Cardinals come September.
A few of their recent wins were more like escapes (take the past two Sunday night games, one against the Cubs and the other the Pirates, and then a walk-off hit-by-pitch win in 12 against the Cubs Tuesday). Still, they aren't playing well at all and sit at .500 with a very talented roster. Things could be much worse.
Trouble? You tell me, St. Louis. Last year's Cardinals never even dipped as low as four games over .500 once the calendar turned to May. By May 7 they were eight over and never again went below that. May 7, 2014? Exactly .500. There's still plenty of talent here, but everything isn't rosy.
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2014 Team Leaders
AVGMatt Adams , 1B.336
HRJhonny Peralta , SS13
RBIMatt Holliday , LF44
OBPMatt Carpenter , 3B.379
SLGMatt Adams , 1B.536
RMatt Carpenter , 3B58
SBKolten Wong , 2B11
WAdam Wainwright , SP11
ERAAdam Wainwright , SP1.79
WHIPAdam Wainwright , SP0.92
KAdam Wainwright , SP111
SVTrevor Rosenthal , RP27
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