The 2023 season simply gets worse and worse with each game for the St. Louis Cardinals.
The root cause of their struggles has been their lack of pitching.
In the rotation, the Cardinals only have two reliable starters, those being Miles Mikolas and Jordan Montgomery, the latter of whom may be traded in the coming weeks.
This all traces back to the offseason when the team refused to add any additional pitching after re-signing Adam Wainwright.
On Twitter, Cardinals writer Ben Frederickson called out the front office for their approach, which is well behind the times and has cost the team dearly.
— Ben Frederickson (@Ben_Fred) July 5, 2023
Frederickson also included a screenshot of an excerpt from an article he wrote in January when all of the frontline starters had already been signed.
He called out the front office for their constant preaching of patience and their attitude about what had once been a model of sustained success.
Their extra-conservative approach worked for several years, as they had taken fliers on veteran pitchers such as John Lackey, J.A. Happ, and Jon Lester, who were near the end of their careers when they joined the Cardinals but ultimately helped them reach the postseason.
But since losing the NLCS in 2014, St. Louis has won just one postseason series, that being the 2019 NLDS against the Atlanta Braves.
Since then, the Cards have lost in the Wild Card round in three consecutive seasons.
Now, they are at risk of having their first losing season since 2007.NEXT: Cardinals Sit At The Bottom Of Surprising List