St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny (22) takes the ball from starting pitcher Carlos Martinez

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Mozeliak Running Low On Patience With Cardinals: 'Something Has To Change'

The president of baseball operations voiced his opinions, as St. Louis is 4-8 in its last 12 games.

June 25, 2018 - 11:14 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Before Sunday's St. Louis Cardinals game, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak voiced some opinions about this recent stretch of sloppy play from his team. St. Louis is 4-8 in its last 12 games and reached a season low point in last Thursday's loss in Milwaukee, that included four errors and a number of mental mistakes. 

Mozeliak joined KMOX's Mike Kelly for his weekly segment on Sports On A Sunday Morning and was asked about his level of patience with this team. 

"I certainly have been an advocate for the word patience, but at some level you've got to do it. And you can't just come on a show every Sunday and come with new excuses ... So at some point, something has to change. As I watch this club and I try to figure out exactly how to find the right solution to fix it, there are a lot of things going through my mind at the moment. And just trying to figure out what would be best, not only for the short term solution, but thinking long term as well. As much as I want to tell you it's simply just being patient, at some level we need guys to start picking it up." 

Without naming names, there are a few people that we can infer Mozeliak is talking about. One being Dexter Fowler, who owns a .169 batting average and -1.4 WAR. With two doubles on Sunday, that was the first multi-hit game since May 31 for the Cardinals right fielder. Another could be Marcell Ozuna, after earning National League player of the week honors he followed that with a week of seven hits and eight strikeouts. Also a consistently struggling starter, Kolten Wong has a .188 batting average, but his glove is keeping in the lineup.  

Then there's Carlos Martinez, one of the prominent culprits of Thursday's 11-3 collapse in Milwaukee. No mention of nagging injuries has been made since Martinez's returned to the mound from a lat strain, which makes his 0-2 record and 8.10 ERA in four starts since returning, even more surprising. 

But as Jose Martinez has carried this team with his bat and surprise ace Miles Mikolas throwing gems every fifth day, St. Louis is four games above .500 and within five games of first place in the NL Central. 

Beyond the players, Mozeliak also believes some of the blame lays with the coaching staff. 

"If you look at really this past week and how many strikeouts we've had, really it has been mind-boggling," Mozeliak says, talking about St. Louis' 64 strikeouts in its last six games. "Where does it start, obviously with the players, but at some level you have to put some responsibility on the coaching staff and specifically the hitting coach. But I always hate to say that's the problem."

You can listen to their full conversation below, it begins at the 20:00 mark: