Thoughts for an Off Day

While the Cardinals enjoy an off-day before an important series in Chicago, this can be a very difficult time of the year for a fan. We sit by helplessly while our division rivals either win, pushing the Cards back farther in the standings, or lose, giving us just a moment of hope.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t things we can do to take our minds off the uphill climb facing our favorite team.

The Return of PJ

PJ Walters, now pitching for the Las Vegas 51s, will be making his first start in Memphis since being traded last month.   He will be facing another Memphis favorite, Brandon Dickson.   This has all the makings of being a very emotional game, especially for fans of the Redbirds.

You can listen the radio broadcast, starting at 7:05pm CDT by pointing your browser to   Smart phone users can follow along with an application like TuneIn Radio – search for WHBQ AM.

2008 Milwaukee Brewers

I don’t know about you, but the run the Brewers on is something just this side of a bad horror movie.   They have won games in almost every imaginable way, and that has driven a stake in the hearts of Cardinals fans everywhere.

But, there is a ghost in the room, and we should not forget Tale of the 2008 Brewers.

They entered the month of September with an 80-56 record, just 4 1/2 games back.   As good as August 2011 has been for the Crew, September 2008 was the exact opposite.   They would post a 10-16 record in the month, with 6 of those wins coming in the last week.  If you do the math, the free fall was an amazing 4-15.  Giving Cardinals fans hope, that meltdown  followed an August where they would post a 20-5 record.

In other words, it has happened before, and it could happen again.

That 2008 team had a rotation that included CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets, so it’s not like they were a bunch of chumps.

That’s it for today, except to point you to an article I posted over at I-70 Baseball, looking at the growth of Fernando Salas.

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