After taking a few days off while my wife gave birth to the missing piece of our middle infield, I'm ready to hit up the sports world again. It was a great weekend full of memories and now I'm somewhat refreshed to take a look toward the second half of the Major League baseball season.
The Cardinals are holding their own, and despite more unbearably horrible performances from Izzy lately, LaRussa has done a pretty decent job of figuring things out to muster up a victory. I still cannot figure out how long everybody in the dugout and front office will allow their 'closer(s)' to keep from closing games. Our best bet is another stint on the disabled list for Isringhausen. What'll it be Izzy? A tweaked back, sore calf, headaches? Give us something to work with please. While you're at it Mr. General Manager John Mozeliak, shuck Kyle McClellan to somebody too. (We'll get to this in a second)
A highlight for the Redbirds as of late has been their starting third baseman, Troy Glaus. A lot of people thought that this was a dumb move for St. Louis to make in the off-season, but Glaus has played well above anybody's expectations and looks like an all-star on defense most of the time. He's swinging the bat well as of late and it looks like we got rid of bad blood (Rolen) for a nice addition.
Now, I have to take a time out.
I had all of the following written during the Cardinal game, until the roof caved in and things went south. So, I'll let you read what was written, then I'll complete the column with a few new thoughts.
Another highlight has been All-Star snub Kyle Lohse in the Cardinal rotation. Lohse was dominate Tuesday night before running out of gas late against Milwaukee. It was an impressive performance early, and it will be interesting to see how things play out down the stretch and how solid Lohse can remain on the hill for the 'Lou.
As for the other contenders in the NL Central, the Cubbies and the Brew-crew, both have been iffy as of late, and the time is right to swipe a few games and the division lead before August baseball begins. Anybody else thinking playoff baseball?
Now, here's my new thoughts after watching Bill Hall pull off the upset two nights in a row.
List of things to do this week...
(1) Find a bullpen, (2) attempt to pull starters earlier (once finding a bullpen), and (3) trade Izzy for Bill Hall. Heck, Hall probably can't pitch in relief, but he can stop the bleeding when you play the Brew-crew.
And now as Paul Harvey says, the rest of the story...
I'll let you in on who else is thinking playoff baseball, and that's my other fave the Yanks (see profile pic). It's no secret that the Tampa Bay Rays, D-Rays, Devil Rays, whatever they're called, are tailing off. It won't be long before they're on the outside looking in. The Bronx Bombers are just a handful of games out right now and I give them three weeks to get into the top spot. I'm calling it now, so get out a pen and jot it down. We can discuss it in Speak Out later.
That's a little bit of baseball to tinker around your noggin for another week. I'm signing off early this week, I've got two little rascals to wrestle diaper changes with now and I need a head start on getting the Huggies ready. If you're out and about this week and over the weekend, check out the Sr. Babe Ruth Midwest Plains Regional in Charleston and the American Legion Zone Tournament in Jackson. Both tournaments are sure to be full of talent so you're guaranteed to see good baseball. Until next week, keep on keepin' on. I'll see you then.