The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs have split the first two games of their four game series with the Cardinals winning the first one on the strength of a very good pitching performance by Shelby Miller and some shaky defense by the Cubs.  Last night’s game was kind of the opposite of Monday night’s game with the Cubs getting off to a fast start and then hanging on for the win.  Jake Westbrook makes his second start since returning from the DL tonight. 

The Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians have also done the splits over the past two days with the Royals winning Monday night’s game and the Indians winning last night’s game.  The Royals strength all year has been their pitching and that continues to be the case.  If they could ever start hitting consistently they would be one of the best teams in the American League. 

It looked like the San Antonio Spurs were on their way to an NBA title last night before allowing the Miami Heat to tie the game in the closing seconds sending the game to overtime.  The overtime period was much like the forth quarter with the Spurs not playing all that well and allowing the Heat to win by three points.  If the series stay true to form the Spurs should win Game 7 tomorrow night but I have to wonder if the Heat won’t rise to the occasion and be able to win two in a row at home.  The Spurs appeared to me at least to be having difficulty handling the pressure and there will be even more pressure tomorrow night.  That also holds true for the Heat though who I don’t believe expected to be in a Game 7 at any point during the playoffs let alone two of them.  The Heat have shown their vulnerability in the playoffs so I think much of their invincible aura has been taken away and they have been exposed for what they truly are: a very good team but in my opinion not a great team.  I think the era of the great teams is gone and we are left with some really good teams.  Then again, I have said for years that the NBA has changed for the worse over the past ten years or so and is no longer the game it once was. 

Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals is tonight with the Boston Bruins having a 2 games to 1 lead over the Chicago Blackhawks.  Monday night’s shutout victory by the Bruins was almost boring compared to the first two games.  I have a feeling though that this series is far from over. 

We’ll be back on Friday with a look ahead to all of this weekend’s sports action and whatever else comes our way.  Thanks so much for reading and please check out all the other blogs on this site.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!