The grand dreams of starting out the second half on a run have taken a turn for the worse for the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals limped out of the gate in the second half, losing five of six and getting swept by the Reds.
With a chance to knocking on the door of first place with a sweep in Cincinnati, the Cardinals played poorly and found themselves swept. The Cardinals pitching was decent, but the hitting was poor in the Reds series. The Cardinals left 30 runners on base during the series.
When they moved on to Milwaukee, the bats still didn't wake up, leaving 18 runners in the two losses in Brew Town.
While the Achilles heel of the Cardinals, the bullpen, did fair in the six game since the break (3.38 ERA in eight innings pitched), it still has many holes that need to be filled.
It was trade deadline moves last season that sparked the Cardinals championship run. Here are five moves the Cardinals should consider to see if they can get the flame sparked again.