Carlos Beltran Gets A+ in Cardinals Positional Grades at the All-Star Break

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Carlos Beltran Gets A+ in Cardinals Positional Grades at the All-Star Break
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Carlos Beltran is having some fun in St. Louis.

Let's be honest with ourselves—most of us thought there was a better chance Carlos Beltran would be on the disabled list in May with a pulled toenail rather than have 20 home runs by the All-Star break.

But such is the beauty of the game we love.

Beltran is not the only Cardinal who had a surprising first half. Despite taking some lumps in his last few starts, Lance Lynn has been nothing short of a savior for the starting rotation. David Freese and Allen Craig have managed to stay (mostly) healthy and have been key producers.

Despite a very uneven season so far, the Cards are still 43-39, only 2.5 games back of the Pirates, and still have the best run-differential in the National League. Certainly John Mozeliak will be working the phones hard leading up to the trade deadline.

Speaking of trade needs, we will get to the bullpen later, as the obvious Achilles heel.

But overall, the Cardinals did well as we hand out the mid-season grades for each position on the team.

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