(WMC) - Now that the St. Louis Cardinals have purchased their Triple-A- affiliate Memphis Redbirds outright, you can expect to see more of the Cards brass in the Bluff City checking on player progress.
Cards General Manager John Mozeliak doing just that this week, and also speaking to the Memphis Kiwanis Club on improving the big club up river.
St. Louis continues finding ways to win, due mostly to stellar pitching.
The Cardinals have notched shutouts in their last three games, including 2 against the top team in the Majors, the Toronto Blue Jays.
But the team's struggles at the plate early this season are well documented.
St. Louis was shut out twice to start the month of June, and has scored more than 2 runs just once.
The Cards calling up rookies Randall Grichuck and Oscar Taveras as an added boost, but the Cards GM says the team needs more if it wants to make a return trip to the post season.
"When you look at this current situation, we thought bringing up Taveras and Grichuk may jump start that offense, but we have to remind ourselves they're young players,' says Mozeliak. 'Taveras is 21 years old. So you have to be patient. What I'd like to see happen over the next month to six weeks is, who are we? And if we're not still producing the runs we need to win, then we have that trade deadline as an option to try to improve. But frankly for us to get better, we just have to play better."
Mozeliak says he's looking forward to a meeting with Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny next week to hear about the progress of the club's young players.
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