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A Strong and Healthy Michael Wacha Can Make a Huge Difference, But the Cardinals Must Help Him

You could start a good debate by asking this question: who’s the most important pitcher in the Cardinals’ rotation? Obviously you can make a credible case for several starters. I don’t think many respondents would nominate Mike Leake, but the other four starters would receive plenty of votes. — Is it Adam Wainwright, one of the MLB’s most dominant starters ...

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A Look at The Blues’ Dramatic Reversal Of Fortune Under Coach Mike Yeo

With Wednesday’s 3-1 win at Arizona, the Blues continued their remarkable transformation under coach Mike Yeo, the coach-in-waiting who replaced the dismissed Ken Hitchcock on Feb. 1. The Blues have not only improved over Yeo’s first 26 games; they’re among the very best teams in the league since the coaching change. In 50 games with Hitch this season, the Blues ...

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Do the Cubs Have A Soft Spot? If So, It’s Potentially the Starting Pitching

Catching the Cubs may be a long shot, but anything is possible during baseball’s strenuous 162-game test. But let’s be realistic here, OK? The 2016 Cubs won 103 games and the World Series and remain loaded with talent. The defending champs still have their young core nucleus in place. They’ve retained much of MLB’s best starting rotation. The Cubs lost ...

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The Cardinals and Kolten Wong: Anybody Have a Number For a Good Divorce Attorney?

It would be nice to go more than, say, eight or nine peaceful minutes without hearing about Kolten Wong and the latest controversy. This time: Manager Mike Matheny tells the media a second-base platoon is possible if Wong doesn’t hit. Wong tells Post-Dispatch columnist Ben Frederickson he’d prefer a trade. “One hundred percent,” Wong said. “One hundred percent. I don’t ...

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The Blues Are Thriving Since Trading Shattenkirk, And It’s Really No Surprise

It was amusing to observe the overreaction to the trade that sent walk-year defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to the Washington Capitals on Feb. 27.  The Blues were “throwing in the towel.” They were “rebuilding.” GM Doug Armstrong had given up on his team, the season was over, the sky was falling on the Scottrade Center, and wild dogs would be roaming ...

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