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Astros Glide While Cardinals Slide

 

The Cardinals’ manager can’t like what he’s seen recently

Tony La Russa can only shake his head and stare in dismay at the recent play of his St. Louis Cardinals.  They can’t pitch, they can’t hit, they’re making all kinds of mistakes on the basepaths and in the field; is there anything else that can go wrong?  Meanwhile, their divisional opponents, the Houston Astros and Cincinnati Reds, are playing very solid baseball.  Perhaps the NL Central isn’t a lock for St. Louis after all.

Maybe Roger Clemens’ last start wasn’t his last one in Houston…

The Astros are now looking to cash in on the Cardinals 7-game slide.  And they’ve been doing it daily, with 7 straight wins during the Cardinals’ losing streak, including a 4-game sweep of the Redbirds in Houston.  That’s a whopping 7 games the Astros have gained on their NL Central rival in a week!  A huge part of the Astros recent hot-streak has been Lance Berkman, who is batting a ridiculous .357 this month — you did not misread that — .357!  Solid pitching has also helped Houston get right back into the NL Central race.  In other words, the Astros’ terrific last week has been the complete opposite of the Cardinals’ disastrous play.  It might be premature to say this, but the Cardinals are on the verge of the biggest collapse in baseball history. 

Tony La Russa must be thinking “Houston, we have a problem”.  Houston however, will be glad not to help him. 

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Trivia Time!

Here’s yesterday’s question and the correct answer to it…

Q: The only NL player to win two Comeback Player of the Year awards is Andres Galarraga — the “Big Cat”.  With which two teams did he win the two awards? 

A: The Rockies in 1993 and the Braves in 2000

Today’s question is…

One player has played for both the Astros and the Cardinals this season.  Can you name him? 

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