The two best teams in the National League begin a three game weekend series in Cincinnati tonight as the Reds and Cardinals do battle this weekend. The Cardinals wrapped up their home stand last night by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 12 to 8 in a game that saw rookie pitcher Shelby Miller survive a rough first inning to turn in a solid pitching performance. Miller capped off his night by hitting his first ever home run in the big leagues. The bullpen is starting to show signs of fatigue but that can only be expected given the type of series the Cardinals had with the Diamondbacks this week. All of them pitched extended outing on Tuesday night and Wednesday night saw spot starter Joe Kelly fail to go deep into the game which forced the Cardinals to once again call on an already overworked bullpen and led to the Cardinals getting hammered by the Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks do not have any players that are well known but make no mistake about it, they have a very good team and it would not surprise me at all if we don’t see them in the playoffs after the regular season is over.
As good as the Cardinals have played this year the Reds have played almost as well as they have stayed almost consistently 2 and a half games behind the Cardinals throughout the first third of the season. The Cardinals and Reds have always played competitively against one another and the rivalry has only intensified over the past few years with both teams fighting for the lead in the NL Central. Adam Wainright takes the mound tonight against the Reds so hopefully he will be able to have another solid outing and will be able to eat up some innings and give the bullpen a breather.
Meanwhile the Kansas City Royals ar riding a two game winning streak after taking two out of three games from the Minnesota Twins. The Royals still aren’t scoring many runs but they have managed to score enough the last two days to win and that’s all that counts. The Royals have an excellent opportunity to continue their winning ways as they entertain the very much last place Houston Astros this weekend. However, the last time I said that the Royals were swept by the Astros in Houston so who knows what will happen at this point.
Congratulations to Tim Schwegler who has been promoted to head track and cross country coach at Truman. Another excellent hire by Director of Athletics Jerry Wollmering as he has moved very quickly to fill the coaching vacancies on his staff. Schwegler has been an assistant coach for the past several years so it should be a seamless transition.
My hope for the world was somewhat renewed last night as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat in a surprisingly good game albeit a low scoring one. The Spurs were able to control the tempo which in my mind is key to their success. The Heat made an attempt at a comeback in the closing minutes of the game but came up just a little short. Game 2 is Sunday.
NASCAR is in the Poconos this weekend for the Pocono 500 on Sunday, a Nationwide race tomorrow, and trucks tonight. I have always looked forward to the Pocono 500 for some reason and with the Cardinals not playing until Sunday night and the forecast calling for rain on Sunday it is quite possible that the Pocono 500 will be the entertainment of choice here at blog headquarters.
IndyCar makes a rare primetime appearance tomorrow night as they run the Firestone 550. I’m not familiar with this race at all and have no idea where it is being held but ABC has given it a primetime airing so it’s obviously an important race for IndyCar.
If you have ever wanted to see a Formula 1 race but don’t want to get up in the middle of the night to do it then Sunday is your chance as the Canadian Grand Prix is one of the few if not the only race that will take place during daylight hours as it will be contested Sunday afternoon.
The PGA Tour has the St. Jude Classic this weekend which is one of the better known golf tournaments of the year and certainly supports a very worthy cause. Several well known golfers were at or near the top after yesterday’s first round.
The Belmont Stakes is being run tomorrow but there is no chance for a Triple Crown winner this year so the race is very anticlimactic in my opinion.
The NHL playoffs continue with the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins both being on the verge of making the Stanley Cup finals. Both teams could wrap up their series with victories this weekend.
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Have a terrific weekend.