The Cardinals ended the first half of the campaign with a bit of a slump, capped by closer Trevor Rosenthal blowing two straight against the Pirates. Rosenthal has also reported a bit of arm soreness.
Injuries have hammered the Cards hard in the first half, of course. That said, good news is out there, with Matt Holliday saying he's ready to come back; let's see what the team says. Jon Jay should be back shortly. Let's hope that Jaime Garcia's groin injury isn't too much and he's back soon — and the shoulder stays healthy.
The other big issue? Manager Mike Matheny has to give Yadier Molina a bit more rest — yes, even with that meaning Tony Cruz plays more.
Should the Cards try to make any moves before the trade deadline? I wouldn't mind Adam Lind; maybe Jay could be part of a trade package. If Dan Haren is available on the cheap from Miami, I'd chase him. Other than that, I think John Mozeliak should ride the hand he has.
And, if the Cards' gamble in Memphis on retraining Stephen Piscotty to play first works, then Mo can stand pat indeed.