Crucial losses to the Tigers and Indians dim the Royals playoff hopes, but they’re still hanging on.
St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak made his first and only trade of the season Friday when he got right-handed reliever John Axford from the Milwaukee Brewers.
Coming in at just over the eighty-one game halfway mark of the season, the Royals remain six games out of first place in the American League Central Division and two and a half games behind the Cleveland Indians, putting them in 3rd place.
Entering the season, one of the easy strengths for the Cardinals was the bullpen. However, what’s gold doesn’t always glitter, and the bullpen has been remarkably dull in the early season, and already has the team searching for new answers on a daily basis.
An injury-shortened roster has overexposed the team’s depth, the bullpen has been hit-and-miss, and the offense has sputtered with runners in scoring position.
The Royals are finally winning games, but they have some issues they need to overcome.
“We could have had an epic month, but it turned out to just be a decent month,” said first baseman Lance Berkman, still disabled because of a left calf strain.
Jake Westbrook needs to rediscover his slider in 2012.
Examining the 2012 Hall Of Fame ballot and Brad Radke’s career.
If this is the last month Albert Pujols wears the Birds on Bat, he’s going out with a bang