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BenFred: Cards' trade deadline moves should reflect '2019 matters' theme

Related Topics: Mike Shildt, St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals started the second half of their season sort of like they started the first.

They owned as many wins as losses. Their division remained wide open for the taking. So, where was the buzz?

A nonexistent list of areas the Cardinals plan to improve before baseball’s July 31 trade deadline was lapped by a long line of injury updates.

Hearing manager Mike Shildt note the status of each injured Redbird before the team’s 4-2 loss Friday to the Diamondbacks reminded us a .500 team that is supposed to spend the two-plus weeks before the trade deadline proving it deserves to be treated like a contender probably exited the All-Star break in worse shape than it entered it.