The St. Louis Cardinals go into the all star break with a 57 and 36 record and a one game lead in the NL Central.  The fact they are leading the NL Central is not all that surprising but the fact they have the record they have and are only leading by one game is somewhat surprising.  We’ll take a much closer look at  that on Wednesday but it does bear mentioning that this team is performing well above expectations on several levels and are sending a total of six players to Tuesday night’s All Star Game.  The Cardinals split their four game series with the Chicago Cubs over the weekend winning in dramatic fashion last night to even up the weekend series.  It was announced yesterday that Cardinals closer Edward Mujica would be making his first trip the the All Star Game replacing Adam Wainright who will be unable to pitch in tomorrow night’s game because he was the starting pitcher in last night’s game.  Mujica celebrated by giving up a game tying base hit in the bottom of the eight inning before the Cardinals bailed him out in the top of the ninth.  The Cubs did their part as well by playing horrible defense throughout the game. 

Over on the other side of the state the Kansas City Royals aren’t faring nearly as well as they find themselves 8 games out of first place and a below .500 record.  This is actually better than they have been in the past several years but isn’t even close to what  they were hoping for.  I’ll have much more on that in Wednesday’s blog. 

Brian Vickers won yesterday’s NASCAR race in New Hampshire which I believe is his first victory of the season. 

All the biggest names in men’s golf are preparing for the British Open which does in fact begin on Thursday.  Many of the players are already over there having competed in the Scottish Open over the weekend and the rest are on their way over after having played in this weekend’s John Deere Classic. 

We’ll be back on Wednesday with a complete look at the first half of the 2013 Major League Baseball season.  We have mainly focused on the Cardinals and Royals throughout most of this year but we are going to look at the game as a whole in Wednesday’s blog so please make plans to check us out on Wednesday.  Thanks as always for taking the time to read this abbreviated blog and we hope to see you back here on Wednesday.

Have a terrific Monday!