Last September, with shortstop Rafael Furcal out and fill-in Pete Kozma excelling beyond anyone’s expectation, the St. Louis Cardinals eked out the last wild card spot and came to within one win of the World Series.
Fast forward six months and the club is in almost the exact same situation with its middle infield. Furcal’s elbow still has him sidelined indefinitely. Kozma remains in the mix to take his place, with the only change the addition of Ronny Cedeno. The latter takes the place of traded Skip Schumaker – in roster allocation, at least.
At second base, the offense of 2012 starter Daniel Descalso was viewed to fall short of expectations as did the defense of Schumaker. The club came up with the idea of trying third baseman Matt Carpenter at second, an experiment which is still too early about which to draw judgment.
Based on their action in the market this past off-season, the Cardinals did not appear satisfied with their in-house options. While connected via trade rumor...