National League

Not not those talking heads.  These Talking Heads. “You may ask yourself, ‘Well, how did I get here?’” -David Byrne How DID we get here?  If someone had gone into hibernation at the end of April and woke up in early September, without the convenience of having a standings sheet in front of them, the [...]

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If you are just waking up on Thursday morning and this is the place you come first for your Cardinals news, first, I’m sorry.  Second, THE CARDINALS WON!  Third, SO DID THE PHILLIES! Yes, our beloved Redbirds are on to the 2011 tournament, and without having to play that pesky 163rd game, even! Chris Carpenter [...]

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As we all prepare for tonight’s Cards versus Astros and Phillies versus Braves games that may determine the final playoff spot in the National League, I thought it appropriate to bring a little levity to a high-leverage situation. It just so happens that Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has some managerial tendencies that tweak that teams [...]

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Prior to departing for vacation in the nation’s capitol city, I did a significant amount of preliminary research about the Washington Nationals in preparation for a blog piece that would most certainly result from my trip.  Yep, I sure was.  Okay, I was actually just doing my homework to ensure that I could match wits with [...]

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There are plenty of blog, sports sites, radio shows, and tv programs that will dedicate time and space to previews of the Cardinals/Pirates series.  Some will give you fancy charts, high definition video clips, expert analysis, and a multitude of reasons why each team will win.  Others will hedge their bets and provide mind-numbingly neutral-sounding rationale backed [...]

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There is no shortage of talking heads asking the same question right now – “How are the Pirates leading the NL Central?”  The answers given are varied yet predictable. The Pirates have had really, really good pitching, and pitching wins.  Yes, the Pirates have allowed a division low 357 runs, but they have only scored [...]

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Lance Berkman.  Matt Holliday.  Yadier Molina. Two of these things are much more alike than the other.  But Yadi’s pretty good too. Berkman and Holliday follow a very similar trajectory, with Lance having a one-year head-start on Matt in age that they reached the bigs. Berkman had a big year, his biggest actually, in his [...]

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Robinson Cano hit a metric butt-ton of bombs (32) on Monday night at Chase Field.  And he could’ve hit more, hitting the winning home run with a handful of outs in pocket. Matt Holliday hit, well, decidedly less (7) off of his selected pitcher, Yadier Molina.  (Wait, what?  Yes, Tony La Russa must have been [...]

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The kind folks at Holiday Inn really want to make the four loyal readers of PH8 happy. To that end, Holiday Inn – the Official Road Trip Partner of MLB – has provided us with a $75 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods *AND* some All-Star Game swag to give away to you, our loyal [...]

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Let’s call a spade a spade for just once and admit that Bud Selig is after the Dodgers.  Sure, he’s going after the team under the guise that an ownership transfer is in the best interest of baseball.  That one is right up there with oceanfront property in Arizona and a bridge I’d like to [...]

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