May 23, 2021; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; A general view of Busch Stadium during the seventh inning of a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Cardinals look like the best team in NL Central, but that doesn’t mean they won’t need anything at close of trade.

The calendar hasn’t reached June yet, but it’s never too early to start gathering information on where the St. Louis Cardinals look like they could be improved.

The 2021 season went better than expected despite the Cardinals’ current skid. At the time of writing, the Cardinals sit in first place with a 26-22 record with the Cubs in NL Central. At best, the team has hit eight games over .500 but a bunch of injuries has started to weigh on the team.

In the outfield, both Tyler O’Neill and Harrison Bader are on the IL, leaving Dylan Carlson in the middle. Tommy Edman played on right field but the injuries left Justin Williams, Lane Thomas and Matt Carpenter a lot of playing time that didn’t play well at all.

Paul DeJong didn’t have a good start to the year on either side of the ball, but a broken rib kept him off as well.

On the pitching side, Miles Mikolas and Carlos Martinez both spent time on the IL, with the former only throwing 4.0 innings before injuring himself again. In the bullpen, injuries to Jordan Hicks and Andrew Miller forced Tyler Webb and Ryan Helsley to raise the depth map, again with poor results.

The team is 3-7 in the last 10 and the losses have often been ugly; full of mistakes and walks by players who historically weren’t those players. It’s been an ugly two weeks, but my health should help. However, there are clear areas where the team could use help as of the deadline, even if they are completely healthy.