The Cardinals have just lost another series and stand 5 games out of first place in the central division. Another round of roster shakeups were required to inject life into the ball club. Randall Grichuk returned to the big league club after a demotion to the low-level affiliates. He was recalled to fill the roster spot left vacant by Dexter Fowler, who recently hit the disabled list with heel spurs. Kevin Seigriest also landed on the DL, a move expected by some since the first series of the season. Mike Mayer, in his second time around with the big club, was promoted to take Seigriests’ spot in the bullpen. These are mostly underwhelming moves that resembled more deck shuffling. The promotion of hometown slugger Luke Voit tells another story.
Quickly losing footing in the division and desperate for a spark, John Mozeliak called on Voit to add power to a stagnant team. It wasn’t coincidence that this move was made while the team was currently in a home stand. Voits first big league at-bat brought the crowd of 46,000 plus to their feet. Resulting in a hit by pitch, Voits at-bat was the highlight of the evening and arguably the most exciting moment of the year. This was a card Mozeliak was holding and waiting to play.
Return to power
Voit was called on to fill a need for a bench bat and to give Matt Carpenter rest to avoid a third straight year of fatigue related issues. Grichuk was promoted to get everyday playing time and the chance to rebound from an incredibly slow start. Following a demotion last year, Grichuk returned to be one of the Cardinals top bats. This year has the making of the same situation for Grichuk who tallied 5 hits in 10 at-bats while driving in four runs. On Sunday night, Grichuk showed off his power with a 478 ft home run, the farthest hit at Busch III.
Tommy Pham set the tone on Tuesday with a first inning walk, aggressively advancing to second on a fly ball to left, stealing third, and scoring on a wild pitch. All quality base running, which has been absent for the first half of the season. Jedd Gyorko hit his 12th home run giving Micheal Wacha all the run support he would need, temporarily quieting the talk of sending him to the bullpen. Salvaging a win against Pittsburgh and taking the makeup game against Cincinnati sends the club to Arizona on a high note. Lets hope Mozeliak has played his cards correctly and put together the right combination to win games and make a move in the division.
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