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PURE CARDINAL OBSESSION
The #1 authority on St. Louis Cardinals baseball in Kent County, Maryland.
(And a little on the Orioles, Rams, Blues, Purdue Boilermakers, and Mizzou Tigers too, ever so often.)
This site is not affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals, MLB, or anything, really. Contact the creator, if you wish.
Of almosts and sweeps
in Toronto the other night was absolutely filthy. 10 K's, 1 BB. Nice. But the one thing it proved to me is that it is really
freaking difficult to throw a no-hitter. For proof, I tender you this
: a Bill James piece from Rob Neyer's site last November about how likely no-hitters actually are.
Elsewhere in the AL East, the Orioles finished off
a sweep of the Astros tonight. And after a 6-7 roadtrip where they failed in a golden opportunity to gain some ground on the Red Sox and Yankees, it couldn't have come at a better time. With the Rockies and their 4-24 road record coming to town this weekend to finish the homestand, the O's have absolutely no excuse not to make it six in a row.
The world turned upside down
As you can see in the title bar, PCO
is coming to you now from Kent County, Maryland
. There are five MLB teams that play within a radius of 200 miles, so it's nice to be a baseball fan here. And of those five, the one with the worst record on June 11 is, you guessed it, the New York Yankees. Here's the standings in that "division":
|New York Mets||32-30|
|New York Yankees||30-31|
Wow. It's amazing to see that, but I'll give you a million-to-one odds that it won't look that way in September. At least, not the bottom part.
...PCO is back online! The internet fairy showed up this morning, so I now have regained my license to rant about the thing I love the most: the St. Louis Cardinals.
As I write this, the Cardinals just fell to the Yankees this afternoon, 5-0. There are some obvious flaws to the team -- mainly the bench, defensive problems of David Eckstein, and the lack of consistent middle relief -- and Scott Rolen has missed several weeks with a shoulder injury. But, at this very moment they are the best team in the National League by 4 games over the Washington Nationals (!) and the Padres, have a 5½ game lead on the Cubs in the Central, and are 9 up on the rest of the division, with several games remaining this evening. And it still seems that they're not even on that typical mid-summer "roll" yet, despite playing at a .639 clip.
Anyway, I thought I'd spread the good cheer. Be sure to check back frequently for more updates.
St. Louis Cardinals -- The Purpose.
Major League Baseball -- The system behind The Purpose, messed up in some ways as it may be.
StLToday.com -- More polished journalism than can be delivered on this blog.
ESPN.com Cardinals Clubhouse
Redbird Nation -- My inspiration.
The Birdwatch -- A new Cardinals blog. Highly recommended. Oh yeah, I post there.
Get Up, Baby
Random Redbird Reasoning
Royalties & Cardinalate -- Cross-state rivals, sort of.
Cardinals Birdhouse -- My dream job.
The Cardinal Virtue
Cards Fan in Cub Land
Other Baseball Links
Rob Neyer -- One of my favorite baseball pundits, even though he's a Royals fan.
Jayson Stark (on ESPN.com) -- Another guy I like.
Peter Gammons (on ESPN.com) -- Ken Burns would love his East Coast bias, but the guy knows what he's talking about.
Baseball-Reference.com -- An easy-to-navigate and uncluttered site for historical statistics. Yours truly is Ray King's page sponsor.
Al's Ramblings -- An excellent blog focusing mainly on the Brewers, a tribute to the lukewarm Brewer fan I've become.
Honest Wagner -- I don't hate the Pirates, and this is a good one as well.
Aaron's Baseball Blog -- Aaron Gleeman, Twins blogger extraordinare. Al of Ramblings fame calls him "King Gleeman," for good reason.
Transaction Guy -- Very witty. Keeps you up to date, which is handy for fantasy leagues.
Bat-Girl -- Twins commentary, with sass.
Throws Like A Girl -- Astros blog.
The Hardball Times -- General baseball blog/news site.
College Basketball Links
Big Ten Wonk -- Big Ten blog.
Yoco's College Basketball -- General NCAA blog.