Last night against the Miami Marlins the Cardinals came back to win a game in which they trailed in the eighth inning for the first time this season. They were 0-26 in those situations until Monday night.
However, the Redbirds' bullpen tried their best to punt the game to the Marlins in the seventh as Fernando Salas got just one out while allowing runners to reach second and third. Scatter-armed Eduardo Sanchez followed and walked three men in a row—the first intentionally with the other two coming Rick Ankiel-style.
The Cardinal relievers walked eight batters on the night in 10 innings.
Fortunately for St. Louis, Heath Bell and the Marlins' bullpen have had continuing struggles of their own and blew a four-run lead in the ninth (but at least they forced the Cards to, you know—hit the ball).
Jason Motte was fortunate that Jose Reyes' scorching liner to center was right at outfielder Shane Robinson to end a strange night of baseball.
While we give manager Mike Matheny and GM John Mozeliak a moment to wipe their brows, let's look at five trades that would immediately help the Cardinals' stressed bullpen.