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The Way I See It is a blog published at least three times a week containing thoughts and analysis and irreverent musings on the local, state, and national sports world.
Cardinals playing well, but not in the clear
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By Dennis Miller
My name is Dennis Miller and I am a lifelong resident of Kirksville, MO. I have been totally blind since birth and a sports fanatic just as long. I like all sports but love baseball and am a proud lifelong member of Cardinal Nation. It is my honor ...
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The Way I See It
My name is Dennis Miller and I am a lifelong resident of Kirksville, MO. I have been totally blind since birth and a sports fanatic just as long. I like all sports but love baseball and am a proud lifelong member of Cardinal Nation. It is my honor to be given the opportunity to write a blog for the Kirksville Daily Express and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it.
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By Dennis Miller
June 3, 2013 3:42 p.m.



The St. Louis Cardinals took two out of three from the San Francisco Giants over the weekend.  Friday’s game was stormed out which brought about the need to play a double header on Saturday with the Cardinals dominating both games in route to a very decisive double header sweep.  Sunday game saw rookie Tyler Lyons endure his first tough outing since being called up from Double A Springfield but he still didn’t pitch that badly.  The Cardinals if I’m not mistaken have only lost one series the entire year and they have the chance to avenge that beginning tonight as the Arizona Diamondbacks come to town.  This week also sees Jake Westbrook make his first of what is expected to be two rehab starts as he pitches for Double A Springfield on Wednesday unless the schedule changes and he is either pushed up or pushed back depending on the needs of the Cardinals and how he feels. 

 

One interesting note about the Cardinals is that as good as they have played all year they are still looking over their shoulder as both the Reds and Pirates are nipping at their heels.  In fact, the Cardinals, Reds, and Pirates have the three best records in the National League.  That’s pretty good for a division that for quite a while has been considered the weakest division in the NL.  The Pirates will probably fall back eventually but I don’t think the Reds will, I think they and the Cardinals will continue to battle for the rest of the season. 

 

In a desperate attempt to jump start an offense that hasn’t gotten out of first gear all year the Kansas City Royals hired the greatest Royal of them all George Brett to be their hitting coach.  Unfortunately, it hasn’t done anything for them yet as they had another poor showing against the Texas Rangers over the weekend and continue their backward slide with no signs of stopping unless they get to face Mitchell Boggs again.  It’s hard to know what the future holds for the Royals.  Brett was obviously an outstanding hitter who was one of my heroes growing up but he has his work cut out for him.  This is a team that doesn’t seem to be able to play up to their level and almost appear to expect to lose.  It’ pretty obvious their pitching staff is starting to feel the affects of not getting any run support and this once promising season has become a nightmare.  The Royals play the Twins starting tomorrow which would be a good team to get back on track against but they have also played the Astros and that didn’t help them so who knows at this point. 

 

Tony Stewart captured his first checkered flag of this NASCAR season and he won the FedEx 400 yesterday at Dover, DE.  This of course means that we won’t have to hear about Stewart’s long drought between races any more. 

 

There is panic in the streets of Bristol, CT today and ESPN headquarters is in lock down mode as they try to deal with the fact that the Miami Heat may not be in the NBA Finals.  Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals is tonight as the Indiana Pacers won game 6 on Saturday night to force tonight’s showdown.  To make matters worse for ESPN they don’t have the game, TNT does.  As much as I would like the Pacers to win I still have to believe the Heat will pull it out tonight but you never know.  They didn’t expect to be in a game 7 and have not appeared to deal with adversity very well.  It will be interesting to see if LeBron tries to do too much and if he does will it have the same disastrous results it did the last time he was in a game 7.  I for one am looking forward to tonight’s game and will be very interested to see how the Heat respond to the challenge and how the Pacers handle this incredible pressure. 

 

We will be back on Wednesday with another blog as we will preview the NBA Finals along with whatever else comes our way.  Thanks as always for reading and please check out all the other blogs on this site.

Have a terrific Monday!

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