The St. Louis Cardinals are the defending National League champions. They have a stocked farm system that makes many jealous of their future success. They have young talent at almost every position and veteran leadership at the others.
When you talk to the fanbase, however, you simply would not realize that is the case. Through May 18, the team sits in second place in the National League Central division. It trails the Milwaukee Brewers by a slim four-game margin. Its record sits at 23 wins and 21 losses. To the fans in and around St. Louis, it appears the season is a loss.
The United Cardinal Bloggers come together frequently to collaborate on content. This month, multiple sites exchanged questions in a mailbag format. The result is a snapshot of the feeling of fans around the country.
The questions are varied and tend to echo the general sentiment that the team is not what anyone expected it to be thus far in 2014. It is an interesting look at the atmosphere around the St. Louis Cardinals this season.
For more questions and answers from various sites around the Internet, visit the United Cardinal Bloggers‘ official website.
Matt Carpenter or Allen Craig?
Question 1: Who do you think will be the better more productive player in the long run? Matt Carpenter or Allen Craig? Both got long-term deals at a young age and have produce well for the team. Who produces the most long term? - Dan Buffa, Dose of Buffa
It is an interesting question when it comes to the future of the team. On one hand, you have a player like Allen Craig who produces runs by driving them in at a rapid rate. On the other, you have Matt Carpenter consistently getting on base in order to create those run-producing situations.
Which one is more productive? That is really hard to say.
It seems to be a symbiotic relationship. One does not exist or perform well without the other. The Cardinals need both players to continue to produce at the level that earned them their contract extensions in order for the franchise to be successful.