In this edition of Inside Pitch, Post-Dispatch sports columnists Ben Frederickson and Jeff Gordon discuss what the Cardinals should do to break free from the logjam that is the National League Central. From the front office's pursuits before the trade deadline, to manager Mike Shildt's lineup, to the players themselves, BenFred and Gordo hit on each level.
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Derrick Goold writes: The Cardinals committed $237 million and 11 years in extensions to first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, third baseman Matt Carpenter, and starting pitcher Miles Mikolas. All are in their 30s, and all have underperformed their expectations this season.