Cardinals swamp Pirates, tie for best record in NL

Well Adam Wainwright didn’t burnish his Cy Young credentials last night, but given his sustained superior performance these past 2 months, I think he’s due a hiccup, don’t you?

He did notch his ML leading 17th win which, given the way the voting tends to go, may have helped his case out anyway.

Thanks to the Padres shutting out LA 2-0, and the Phillies being shut out by Houston 7-0, St Louis passed Philadelphia and is even with LA for best record in the league, with 26 games to go.

Magic Number Watch:

Clinch Division: 18

Eliminate Rivals:
– Milwaukee – 15
– Houston – 14
– Cincinnati – 11
– Pittsburgh – 4

New feature: I will highlight the last Cardinal to wear the uniform number of their magic number each day. Would you believe no Cardinal has worn #18 in 13 years? The last – Luis Alicea, for the 1996 NL Central Champs. It was his last year as a Cardinal. He played for another six years, all in the AL (1 with the Angels, 3 with Texas, the last 2 with KC). Alicea is currently the first base coach for the NY Mets.

Finally, my long month of travel is over, so I should be at the computer more often as the season winds up to the 2009 Playoffs. If you’ve missed my distinctive writing style, fear not: the nonsense and sarcasm will be front and center these next few weeks.


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