When the St. Louis Cardinals dealt for John Lackey at the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline from the Boston Red Sox, it was as much about shaking things up as adding a frontline starting pitcher. General manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny felt the Cardinals had gotten stale after winning the National League pennant last season. Despite being the big favorite to win the NL Central again this season, St. Louis fell behind the Milwaukee Brewers early and still trails with a month left in the season. However, an interesting offshoot of the trade, it that Lackey would be the Cardinals’ No. 1 starter if the postseason started today because ace right-hander Adam Wainwright is having a poor second half since starting for the NL last month in the All-Star Game at Minneapolis.
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