The St. Louis Cardinals are in desperate need of offense.
After all, the Colorado Rockies traded Nolan Arenado to the Cardinals because they have a winning pedigree and, this year, due to their lack of offense and injuries to their pitching staff, they are in fourth place in the NL Central, seven games back of the Brewers for the NL Central lead and three games under .500, entering Sunday.
Considering how poor the Chicago Cubs starting pitching has been, how poor the Milwaukee Brewers offense has been, and how poor the Reds entire pitching staff has been, the Cardinals could easily leap the three teams but they will need some help.
The Colorado Rockies have helped them before and they could help them yet again in another trade.
The St. Louis Cardinals’ biggest need is, arguably, a shortstop. And Trevor Story could help.
For the entirety of the season, the Cardinals shortstops (primarily Paul DeJong) have had a wRC+ of 75. That is 27th in baseball.
DeJong was hitting .165 with an OPS of .601 and a wRC+ of 72 entering play on Sunday.
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Story has struggled himself for most of the season but he is still playing well comparatively speaking. Story is hitting .254 with an OPS of .774 with a wRC+ of 97. However, he has been heating up recently as he has hit four home runs and he has 10 RBI in his last 10 games. In that span, he is also hitting .342 with an OPS of 1.159, and a wRC+ of 191. If Story’s past numbers are any indication, he may just be heating up.
There will be plenty of teams that need a good defensive and offensive shortstop for the rest of the season and beyond.
For the Rockies, though, they do need to be cautious for the reasons we stated in this article last month.
The Cardinals aren’t the only team that desperately needs a shortstop like Story but to make up the ground in the NL Central especially since the Wild Card is likely out of the question with the Giants, Dodgers, and Padres all residing in the NL West and having the three best records in the NL.
Trevor Story might not be the only piece the Cardinals would need to compete but he would definitely be a big boost for them for the remainder of the season.