Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Call me crazy, but...

I can't believe I'm about to say this, but I don't think you can pronounce a time of death on the Cardinals' season yet. Yes, you heard me right. This is coming from a Cubs fan (perhaps this is my skewed view of baseball from being a lifelong Cubs fan...).

The Cardinals have outperformed everyone's expectations for this season. That is, everyone but Skip Bayless. He predicted before this season that the Cardinals would upset the Cubs and take the division. He's a dolt. However, I am not counting out the Redbirds just yet. Both the Brewers and Cardinals, for as well as they have played thus far, have gaping holes in some part of their game. True, the 'Crew filled one of those gaping (and I mean gaping) holes with CC's rotund figure. See children, that just shows that if your team sucks in some area, you need to recruit the fat kid.

Conversely, the Cards helped themselves through addition by subtraction. Izzy is out and that is the sole reason that I am not counting out the Cards. The Cardinals went from having a terrible bullpen to having an adequate bullpen, just by losing Isringhausen. Some of you might say that Milwaukee helped their own cause when Turnbow went out, but Milwaukee's bullpen is exceedingly bad even without Turnbow. Milwaukee is perfectly capable of giving away a large number of games yet.

The ever-present specter in this whole mess is the NL East. It is possible that the Wild Card will not come out of the Central at all...

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