The Cardinals felt they had five number 1 starters in mid-January.
Then in mid-March they had the vision of a Super Bullpen.
At the end of June it looks very different.
Monday The announcement of an ulnar collateral ligament tear in the right elbow of Jordan Hicks is a serious setback for a club that had two games and two teams behind its plan to retake the National League Central on Monday morning.
Old Hicks was the hardest-throwing bowler in baseball, and most of all, he played a key role in his team. The Closer's 93.3% savings were ranked sixth best among the National League Reliefs. His opponent on the base plus slugging percentage (.51
And now Hicks could be out for the rest of the season. The Cardinals' press release even lacked a tentative timeline for his return, and perhaps this is best considering that the team's first comments on Hick's departure from Saturday's game were not interpreted as very worrying. More importantly, in addition to what is best for Hicks' long-term recovery, what the Cardinals are doing to make up for the lack of a key remedy. The recent past suggests poor expectations.
Just look at what happened to a supposedly loaded pitching rod.
Carlos Martinez, the starter, was injured (right shoulder) and returned as Carlos Martinez, the helper.  Alex Reyes, the cardinals hoping relief helper, lost the command, lost his place, lost his temper, injured himself unnecessarily by hitting a wall, and could be injured after pulling (chest discomfort) from his last appearance in the minor league.
Michael Wacha was injured (tendonitis of the left knee), returned, went to the bullpen, got out of the bullpen and now earns from the beginning to prove that he belongs to Daniel Ponce de Leon, who is only one of There were many ways to put pressure on the MLB rotation before the depth began to dissipate.
Austin Gomber has been injured (biceps / shoulder) and has not played a game since May 13.
The Cardina I said goodbye to the under-achievers Luke Gregerson and Chasen Shreve.
Helper Ryan Helsley (Shoulder) has not played any MLB game since June 12. Assistant Dominic Leone, who is now in the AAA class, has not played any MLB game since mid-May. Reliever Mike Mayers (Lat right shoulder) has not played a MLB game since mid-April. The injured Infielder Jedd Gyorko has taken more places than Brett Cecil (Carpal Tunnel) this season in a MLB game.
The Cardinals had some pleasant surprises. Starter Dakota Hudson is in motion. John Gant, who was once considered a starter option, has proven himself as an All-Star helper. Giovanny Gallegos is a strike machine that few seem to notice. But at some point, internal options are no longer enough. This point is now.
Each time a Cardinals pitcher scored this season suffers a setback, the Cardinals have shuffled their cards instead of adding them to their deck. Before the start of the regular season, they gave the opportunity to get a good start. They have failed to become important players for late-arriving free agents Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel. They have slowly played their need for pitching help, and now this need screams.
There's no time for slow play. If the cardinals put more on Gant's plate, who will fill it? If it is Gallegos, who will fill it? Adding to or near the top of the pitching staff would be a more competitive move. Are you losing a closer? Add a starter. A damn good one. Then push all below him down and strengthen the entire staff. For a competitor, it would make sense to use the trickle-down effect. Trades are not easy to complete before the close of trading. But teams can be attracted.
The Cardinals' rotation on Monday took sixth place in the National League with an ERA (4.19), followed by opponents Cincinnati (3.76) and Chicago (3.88). The 34 quality starts of the staff were in seventh place in NL. His opponent OPS (.767) finished in 10th place.
The Cardinals' bullpen finished fifth in the National League with an ERA (4.08) following Cincinnati (3.38) and Chicago (3.97). His opponent OPS (.731) took second place behind the Reds. Four NL teams, including two from the division (Brewers and Pirates), have more strike reliefs than the Cardinals.
The Cardinals do not have five No. 1 starters in their rotation.
The Cardinals had a bullpen that looked tough at first, but now it's without a cherished piece.
Turning further to the inner depth will make it a riskier bet if that depth is lost through underhandedness and injury.
With Hicks Out, The Cardinals need to add the best pitcher, which they can take off from another team.