It has finally happened. Nope, I wish it was just falling out of Wild Card position or even Carpenter being shut down until 2020. For the first time in at least a decade, the Cardinals have become an afterthought.
Yes the calendar still says August and plenty of winnable games remain if something drastic happens as soon as possible. Whether or not that is the final appearance of Wacha wearing the Birds on the Bat, the hard truth going on a week now is simple.
St. Louis did everything right on the field in July and were completely let down by a front office that never intended to pull the trigger. Two months of solid play obviously doesn’t make up for the other pair of sub-par offerings that have left the Cards in baseball’s version of purgatory.
The Dodgers showed what has been evident for far too long, and now you have to wonder what’s going to happen for Wacha and a few others on a staff that has been shredded since the deadline. One hurler already lost his job, but the reinforcements are no help the next two games against the best the National League has to offer.
At this point it is safe to wonder who gets added to a bullpen clearly on fumes or how the rotation will look when the schedule hits September. The only remaining question, however, will be how many games behind in the standings St. Louis finds itself by then?