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When a team is struggling, the fans usually want to fire the manager.

In the St. Louis Cardinals case, star player Nolan Arenado thinks the issue lies with the players.

The Cardinals lost to the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, 8-5, in extra innings to fall to 27-42 on the season.

After the game, Arenado had this to say, as transcribed by Brendan Kiley of 101espn:

“We don’t execute. This has nothing to do with the coaches. It has to do with the players, and as players we don’t execute… that’s why we’re playing the way we’re playing.” - Nolan Arenado postgame. #STLCards

The Cardinals are one of the biggest disappointments in the entire league this season. Winners of the National League Central last season, they've lost five straight and eight of ten en route to falling back to 9.0 games back in the division.

While they are disappointing, they aren't the only disappointment. The Padres, Mets, Mariners and Guardians all made the playoffs last season and are currently on the outside looking in.

Arenado is doing his part, though, hitting .283 with 13 homers, 45 RBI and a .331 on-base percentage through 258 at-bats.

He's a seven-time All-Star who has won 10 Gold Glove awards, six Platinum Glove awards and five Silver Sluggers.

He is signed through the 2027 season.

The Cardinals will be off on Thursday before taking on the slumping Mets on Friday at Citi Field.

Miles Mikolas will get the ball for St. Louis while Tylor Megill pitches for New York.

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