posted on July 03, 2012 07:34
-If the All-Star selections were made a week before the game, my guess is Kyle Lohse would be an All-Star. He’s 8-2 with a 2.80 ERA. When he’s been healthy for the Cardinals, he’s been pretty damn good. I don’t know about you, but a couple of years ago, I thought that contract would be devastating all the way until the end in 2012. Now, it looks like Lohse will be too expensive for the Cardinals to keep around.
-Allen Craig is hitting .322 with 13 HR’s and 43 RBI’s in 40 games. The season is 80 games old. Not difficult to pace those numbers out. A simple multiple of two will do. How would 26 HR’s and 86 RBI’s at this point sound?
-Well, it’s no longer just the Reds. Buster Olney is reporting the Brewers are pissed at Tony La Russa for not selecting Zack Greinke. They moved his start up from Sunday to Saturday, so he could be eligible to pitch on his old turf in Kansas City.
-KMFP makes his debut today as our new insideSTL columnist. Check out his first official column by clicking here.
-Joe Strauss on TheITDRoll.com Morning After yesterday said that Lance Berkman expects to be back soon after the All-Star Break…and doesn’t plan on needing a rehab assignment.
-Mike Alden, per Dave Matter of The Columbia Daily Tribune, on the Missouri-Georgia game September 8th at Faurot Field: “My gut tells me it’ll be unlike anything we’ve ever seen since I’ve been here.” Considering Alden was around for Missouri-Kansas State in 1998 (when Michael Bishop and the Wildcats were ranked #1), and he was around for the nationally-televised upset of #1 Oklahoma in 2010…that sets the bar pretty high. But, the SEC opener will likely bring an atmosphere to Columbia that will be similar to that night back in October 2010 when the Tigers beat the Sooners.
-I’m heading out to Las Vegas after the show today for the World Series of Poker Main Event. It’s not 100% that I’m going to play at this point. At the very least I’ll play a few events between today and the weekend. If I do play in the WSOP Main, I’m likely playing on Day 1A (Saturday). My betrothed is not too optimistic on the trip, as she has packed for a return on Sunday. However, if I am able to make it through Day 1, the next time I’d play would be Day 2 on Tuesday. I’ve played in the Main Event twice before (2008 and 2009). Both times I made it to Day 2, which isn’t exactly a monster accomplishment. Day 3 is usually when players start making the cash. Will the May-June Death Spiral continue? I still am scarred by my exit from the 2008 Main Event…and my 2009 Main Event was relatively painless and boring. About four wizards got put at my table a couple hours in, and it was over. I just grinded to the end of the day and hope for a better table draw on Day 2. So far this year, I’m at a 67% ROI online, which is quite lovely. But, my live play, courtesy of the Death Spiral, has produced horrific results. Either way, be prepared for poker nerd columns until I get back, which hopefully will be in about two weeks…or Sunday.
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