The St. Louis Cardinals ended their longest road trip of the year on a high note by absolutely dismantling the Cincinnati Reds yesterday. The Cardinals were averaging a little over one run per game for the first seven games of the road trip but finished by scored 43 runs in the final four games winning three of those games. Pitching had been the strength of the Reds all year but the Cardinals certainly didn’t have any problems with it.
The Cardinals are finally home tonight as they begin a four game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers who less than a month ago were near the bottom of the National League West and had a well below .500 record are now the hottest team in baseball with a 5 and a half game lead in the NL Central and twenty games over .500. The Dodgers have battled major injuries all year and suffered another one yesterday when their shortstop jammed his shoulder. They do have two of the best pitchers in baseball though and the Cardinals are going to see both of them over the next two days. Tonight’s pitching matchup is one of those marque matchups that I’m really looking forward to as Adam Wainright goes for his 14th win of the year against Zach Greinke who has battled injuries for most of the year but appears to be healthy now and when he is healthy he is a machine who can totally dominate a game. Tomorrow night the Dodgers send Clayton Kershaw to the mound who is probably the best pitcher in the National League and one of the top two or three in baseball. Hopefully the Cardinals can build on the momentum they ended the road trip with and their hot hitting will continue. That will need to happen if they want to regain the lead in the NL Central.
The Kansas City Royals keep winning but they are still suck in third place in the American League Central 7 and a half games behind the division leading Detroit Tigers. However, not all is lost. They are actually fairly close to being in contention for the second wild card spot. They still have some work to do but they do have a chance if they can keep playing like they have been playing of making the playoffs. They need to keep playing like they have been and absolutely have to beat the Cleveland Indians who are the team in front of them but if they keep doing what they have been doing the last three weeks it could happen.
Congratulations to Tiger Woods who played a phenomenal four rounds of golf over the weekend to get everyone talking about him again. He came very close to shooting a 59 on Friday and is now considered the favorite to win this week’s PGA Championship which I think is considered golf’s fourth of the four major tournaments of the year. Of course most people don’t win two PGA tour events in a row but he is Tiger and anytime he wins one tournament he is expected to win the next one. There will be some incredibly disappointed TV executives if he doesn’t play well.
Kasey Kahne hung on to win the gobowling.com 400 yesterday in the Poconos. Kahne then went bowling but was only able to bowl an 86.
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Have a terrific week!