Cardinals Have One Goal, Focused On One Team

The Cardinals have "buried" the Pirates and Reds, Chris Hrabe says, but one team remains in their way

Ferrall On The Bench
July 24, 2019 - 8:18 am
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At the All-Star break, the Pirates and Reds were very much in contention in the NL Central. The Reds, in fact, were in last place but just 4.5 games out of first.

Then the St. Louis Cardinals happened. The Cardinals (53-47) are 7-2 against the Pirates and Reds since the break.

“The Cardinals have really buried (the Reds and Pirates) over the last week,” Cardinals pre- and post-game host Chris Hrabe said on Ferrall on the Bench. “They needed to figure out if they were in this thing. I think with (Marcell) Ozuna and (Matt) Carpenter coming back, they are. They’ve identified they could use some more help from the left side of the bullpen, and I think they could use an arm in the starting rotation.”

That arm could come from within the organization, as Jake Woodford is tearing up Triple-A.

“He could could up and they could let him loose,” Hrabe said. “But I think they’ll look for pitching, whether it be a veteran starter, maybe a guy at the tail end of his deal that wouldn’t take a whole lot to get, and help from the left side of the bullpen.”

The Cardinals, it is worth noting, have played well against the Dodgers (67-36 and Braves (60-42), who lead the NL West and NL East, respectively.

“They’ve owned Kershaw in the playoffs,” Hrabe said. “They’re really the one team going back to ’13 and ’14 who have owned Clayton Kershaw in the playoffs, knocking the Dodgers out in each of those years. They swept the Dodgers at Busch Stadium earlier this year. They’ve always done really well against some of the best pitching in baseball. . . . The big thing is going to be the Cubs.”

The Cubs (54-47) lead the Cardinals by a half game in the NL Central.

“We saw the Cubs last year go from first place to playing a play-in game to completely missing the playoffs,” Hrabe said. “They’ve got to win divisional games. They’ve done it against Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, but they’ve got to play well against Chicago and Milwaukee. There’s going to be such a premium to win that National League Central divisional title and avoid having to play in that one-game Wild Card. So that’s who they’re kind of focused on right now.”

Click below to listen to Hrabe’s interview in its entirety.