Many believed the St. Louis Cardinals were the team to beat in the NL Central this season. Now, they are hanging on by a thread just to make the playoffs.
While much is credited to the remarkable play the Brewers have been displaying, a lot of the credit to the Cardinals descent is internal.
Shoddy hitting, unreliable bullpen play and untimely losses have plagued the Cards throughout the season and it's even more prevalent now that they are 8.5 games back in the division.
With September rapidly approaching, here are five players the Cardinals desperately need to step up their game.