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Thirty-Nine Games to Go: Cardinals Looking for Wild Card Ticket to Playoffs!

Since dropping the first-two games of a four game set with the Chicago Cubs, the St. Louis Cardinals have won six out of their last seven games, including a five game consecutive winning streak against the Cubs, Houston Astros, and Philadelphia Phillies.  Their lone loss during this streak came at the hands of the Phillies; in the second game of a three game series. During … Continue reading Thirty-Nine Games to Go: Cardinals Looking for Wild Card Ticket to Playoffs!

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Wild Thing! You Make My Heart Sing! Fifteen Teams Vying for Post Season Play!

I am not a fan of MLB’s Wild Card setup.  I value what the Wild Card offers to MLB and its fans.  Prior to the days of Divisional Play, a runaway team like the current edition of the Chicago Cubs who enjoy a 12.5 game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals, would make the rest of the season be one of a real lack of … Continue reading Wild Thing! You Make My Heart Sing! Fifteen Teams Vying for Post Season Play!

Aug 17, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA;  Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson (2) lines out during his first at bat in the majors against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Dansby Swanson makes his MLB Debut

The first overall selection in the 2015 MLB Draft made his major league debut for the Atlanta Braves tonight against the Twins. His name is Dansby Swanson, who was originally selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the aforementioned 2015 draft, and was later traded to Atlanta along with Ender Inciarte and Aaron Blair in exchange for Shelby Miller in the off-season. Swanson is a shortstop, … Continue reading Dansby Swanson makes his MLB Debut

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Tigers Acquire Erick Aybar From Braves

The Tigers added infield help today by trading for Erick Aybar. Aybar’s arrival comes as a result of shortstop Jose Iglesias landing on the DL. Aybar cleared waivers, which made him eligible for an August trade. The Braves will be getting utility man Mike Aviles and catcher Kade Scivicque in return. The move allows Dansby Swanson, who was called up following the trade, to step into the starting shortstop role for the Braves. Continue reading Tigers Acquire Erick Aybar From Braves

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I Was Absolutely, Positively Wrong!

Recently, I wrote a piece in which I wondered “Is The Fast Track the Right Track for Luke Weaver”? I questioned the accelerated movement of Weaver from his first appearance in Double-A on June 4th, to his MLB debut on Saturday, August 20th, and also offered an opinion that if I were making the decision-I would start Alex Reyes; instead of Weaver. I was wrong! Weaver was outstanding in his MLB debut against the Chicago Cubs. Continue reading I Was Absolutely, Positively Wrong!

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Is The Fast Track the Right Track for Luke Weaver?

I am seriously questioning the decision to start Luke Weaver, in his MLB debut, this Saturday in a 1:20pm (CDT) contest against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The twenty-two year old right-handed Weaver was the Cardinals first-round draft pick in 2014. Admittedly, Weaver has been extremely effective in the Redbirds minor league system this season. Arguably, he has been extremely fast-tracked, and in my opinion possibly rushed, to make his Saturday debut against the NL Central Division leading Cubs. Continue reading Is The Fast Track the Right Track for Luke Weaver?