What happened to Cards' offense?
The 2013 NL champs really need to add a big bat before the trade deadline
Yet something isn't quite the same. After winning the most games in the National League last year, the Cardinals have been stuck in second place in the NL Central behind the Milwaukee Brewers all season and sit on the precipice of the second wild-card spot. It's not that being eight games over .500 is a problem, of course, but this year's Cardinals team is not in the driver's seat as it was last year.
And why aren't they?
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