Mike Matheny and his St. Louis Cardinals team have themselves sitting once again at the top of the National League Central division race. They now know who their main competition will be in the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates are good and they are hungry so the Cardinals know they can be beaten by them. It has already happened once after all and the Cardinals retook first place only recently and not by much. With the race heating up down the stretch it seems that the Cardinals will not look to make any big trades. I think that is the right move.
Considering that the Cardinals have been the class of Major League Baseball for most of the 2013 season it is hard to argue against them keeping the players they have. They have cut a player here and sent a player away for international slot money but in large part they are only cutting the fat and setting themselves up for a strong run down the stretch. It should go a long way towards building the team’s confidence even more that they know their manager and GM believe they can get the job done as they are.
There is no reason not to believe that as I said before, they have been the best for most of the season. It appears that the Pirates might try to make a move or two to try and improve just the slightest bit. It would be very interesting in what looks to be a heated pennant race to see if the team that made trades or the team that didn’t make them would come out on top. If they continue in the way they have played most of the season, the Pirates and Cards will make up half of the N.L. post season schedule anyway. Still, it will be great to see who takes the Central with the Cards standing firm without major trades.