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The St. Louis Cardinals watched both the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates pass them by as they stumbled through the months of May and June.
The Cardinals have won 10 of 17 games in July but still find themselves 5.5 games out of the NL Central lead.
One of the problems for the Cardinals has been in the bullpen. While Mitchell Boggs and Jason Motte have been solid on the back end, manager Mike Matheny has struggled to find the right combination for the middle innings.
Marc Rzepczynski, who was instrumental down the stretch last season after his trade from the Toronto Blue Jays, has been largely ineffective, with a 5.06 ERA in 44 appearances. Victor Marte, Fernando Salas, Kyle McLellan, Eduardo Sanchez and Sam Freeman haven't been much help, either.
With Jaime Garcia expected to return in mid-August, Joe Kelly or Lance Lynn could provide some help in relief.
However, GM John Mozeliak would do well to bolster the bullpen similarly to how he did it last season.
Brian Fuentes was added last week, but considering his struggles for much of the season in Oakland, there's no guarantee he'll be much of an upgrade.