After a disappointing finish to the 2017 season, take a look at what the St. Louis Cardinals offseason priority should be to prepare for next season.
It’s definitely not a surprise that most St. Louis Cardinals fans are looking for answers after the team missed the postseason in 2017. That said, what was a surprise, throughout the regular season, was just how bad this team was offensively. For a line-up with so many potentially threats, it’s crazy to understand how no Cardinals hitters had 90 or more RBIs in 2017.
Therefore, it really shouldn’t be a hard decision on what this St. Louis organization needs to look for in the 2017-2018 MLB offseason.
Obviously, pitching and defense are two things that make or break baseball teams. However, in today’s game, if your ball-club can’t help out your staff by putting up some runs each night, things will start going down south fast for everyone involved.
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That said, it’s definitely not like St. Louis was one of the worst teams in baseball in regards to scoring runs, but they aren’t anywhere near where the Chicago Cubs are either. If this organization wants to get back to the postseason anytime soon, it’s no secret where they need to improve heading into 2018.
The good news for Cards fans, is that John Mozeliak, President of St. Louis Baseball Operations, understands that fact exactly. Take a look at his quote in Jenifer Langosch’s article on the team’s official website:
"“There have been years where we sat up here and said, ‘Look, we have to go get a shortstop or a center fielder,'” Mozeliak said at the organization’s end-of-season press conference on Tuesday. “For us, we have a talented team, but when you look at our club, no one stood out as an All-Star, that threat. I think for all of us up here, it’s trying to find what that might look like.”"
Again, the good thing to note, is that the organization understands they need more bats in order to get back to postseason glory. This Cardinals ball-club has been one who’s used to competing for NL pennants, which is exactly why fans shouldn’t worry about how important this offseason is to the Cards’ front-office.
If you could sign one impact hitter to be on the St. Louis’ 2018 line-up, who would you reach out to Cardinals fans?