// St. Louis Cardinals

SoB MLB Power Rankings 6-7-10

With another two weeks gone, the Rays are still the undisputed kings of the league, and don’t look to be on the verge of screwing that up anytime soon. Ditto for the undisputed princes of the league, the Yankees. The NL isn’t as clear cut, with everyone going nuts on each other; the East is […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 9

The race for the postseason is really anyone’s game, in the National League, at least. Nine teams of the 16 are in the brackets or 3.5 games out at most. In the American League, the West is a three-way race (everyone but the Mariners are 1.0 games apart), but other than that, it’s pretty safe […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 8

At the end of May, Minnesota is still right there with the Yankees, and there are finally two 30-game winners in the National League, but somehow those two teams are San Diego and Cincinnati. And the NL East is surprisingly still a logjam, with the Phillies only 0.5 games ahead of the Braves and 4.0 […]

SoB MLB Power Rankings 5-24-10

It’s time for the second installment of the MLB Power Rankings, and it’s a good one. You have the Dodgers and Tigers threatening, and Cincinnati and St. Louis are too close to call. On the other hand, the Yankees are falling farther and farther behind the Rays, and are even losing ground in the Wildcard […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 7

May’s almost done, which means Interleague Part One has passed. Ever since 2004, the AL has won the season Interleague series, but the NL is up 22-20 so far, with every series going 2-1, except for the Bay Bridge Sweep of Oakland over San Francisco. The Dodgers have come surging forward in the last week […]

SoB MLB Power Rankings 5-10-10

With the three other leagues possessing power rankings of their own, it’s time for baseball to get its due. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the topic, every second Monday KC and I, and hopefully more as we get our mojo working, will select our picks for the best 10 teams in baseball, […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 5

May is here in force, and the Red Sox are not. At this point, the Sox are less entertaining than the episode of “Flavor of Love” where the girl made stool on the floor. It really happened; google it. Anyhow, the season’s progressing quite nicely, and once again the American League is much better than […]

Ryan Howard: Albert Pujols’ New Best Friend?

This week Ryan Howard became the newest star to be locked up for the long-term. Twenty-five million dollars a year for a player likely to be more suited as a designated-hitter than a first baseman within a year or two. The question becomes then, how much should a true first baseman, and better hitter to […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 4

April is in the books, and the Red Sox have an elimination number of 131. When it goes down by about one per day, you’re in trouble. But things are are still getting closer in the pennant race; three divisions are led by 0.5 games, two by 1.5 games, and the Cardinals are leading the […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 3

After the third week, the 8-11 Red Sox are already 6.0 games out of the division, and 4.5 games out of the Wild Card. Oakland is still ruling the roost out West, as is San Diego, which few saw coming. An eight-game win streak this early will do that. Washington is somehow above .500, and […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 2

After another week, things are starting to become normal again. Starting. The Yankees are back in charge, followed closely by Tampa. Though, Boston is only 2.5 games away from being the league’s worst team. Pittsburgh is only 0.5 games out of the wild-card slot, and Oakland is still running away with their division. We’ll see […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 1

Remember after opening night concluded, when the Red Sox were the best team in baseball and the Yankees were the worst team in baseball? Everything felt right, didn’t it? Well, after losing three straight, the Sox are back to .500, and the Yankees are a game ahead. Papi and Teixeira are both colder than Winter […]

Charlie Zink Joins the Cardinals, Takes the Torch with Him

In 2002, when the 22-year-old Charlie Zink began experimenting with the knuckleball for the Red Sox, two thoughts came to the minds of Red Sox Nation. First, Zink could be the eventual successor to Tim Wakefield, the next generation throwback pitcher who could continue the tradition of the knuckleball. Second, at just 22, he was […]

Smoltz, Penny Dominate the NL – Why?

This past offseason, the Red Sox became the land of the reclamation projects. The signings of Takashi Saito, John Smoltz, and Brad Penny were seen as low-risk, high-reward moves. Saito has worked out pretty well, but Smoltz and Penny were largely seen as busts. Theo Epstein cut ties with both pitchers, who then found new […]

Smoltz Wins in Debut With Cardinals

Well, it wasn’t quite a perfect game, but John Smoltz pitched his best game of the season. He fanned nine batters, including seven straight at one point, en route to a 5-2 St. Louis victory over the San Diego Padres. He told MLB.com that people will be surprised…and I’m sure critics are. After limping through […]