The St. Louis Cardinals offense continues to struggle after scoring nine runs last Friday night.

The St. Louis Cardinals offense continues to struggle after scoring nine runs last Friday night.  However, they have managed to split their first two games with the Cincinnati Reds thanks to excellent starting pitching from Adam Wainright and Jaime Garcia.  There is no score in the rubber game of the series as I write this blog.  The Cardinals made some bullpen moves on Monday as they have begun to show signs of growing impatient with some of the subpar pitching performances the bullpen has turned in over the past few days.  I would not be at all surprised to see them make another move or two if the bullpen meltdowns continue. 

Speaking of the bullpen, closer Jason Motte is attempting to come back from his elbow injury without surgery as he has begun an aggressive throwing program that he hopes will allow him to return to the bullpen without having to undergo Tommy John surgery which would require him to miss all of the rest of this season and most likely the first part of next season.  Motte has yet to throw with full intensity and that will be the real test but he has been able to stay pain free so far in his attempted comeback.  The Cardinals and Motte will need to reach a decision soon though or he will miss a good chunk of next season as well if he delays surgery much longer. 

The Kansas City Royals appear to have revitalized the Cleveland Indians offense as the Indian pounded the Royals on Monday before moving on to play the Phillies and banging out seven homers in last night’s game.  The Royals offense got back on track as well as they easily defeated the Tampa Bay Rays last night at Kauffman Stadium. 

Congratulations to the Truman State softball team on making the MIAA postseason tournament.  Truman State has been up and down the last couple of weeks but have played well throughout most of the season and were even in the top 10 regional rankings at one point.  It’s a major accomplishment making the MIAA tournament though with the MIAA having 342 teams they obviously can’t have all of them in the postseason tournament or it would never end.  If Truman plays the way they are capable of playing they could very well be looking at playing on past the MIAA tournament. 

The Kirksville High School baseball team is home for the second day in a row as they play Marshall this afternoon at North Park.  Kirksville has beaten Marshall at least once this year and is coming off a major offensive victory yesterday as not only their offense but their pitching as well got back on track in a major way.  They are scheduled to be at home on Friday as well to face Jefferson City if weather permits. 

The KHS girls soccer team’s offensive juggernaut continues as they continue to put up multiple goal games against good competition.  It has been great watching this relatively new program take shape and become a program to be reckoned with. 

Both KHS track teams are busy preparing for the NCMC conference meet scheduled to take place in Kirksville on Friday.  We’ll have more to say about that on Friday but the weather forecast doesn’t look encouraging. 

The St. Louis Blues are leading the defending Stanley Cup champions Los Angeles Kings 1 to 0 after last night’s overtime victory in the first game of their opening round series.  The Blues are the underdogs in this series but the Kings have been somewhat of a disappointment this season as they were expected to have a better record than they have.  They got off to a very slow start this season as did the Blues before coming on as the season progressed. 

We will be back on Friday with a look ahead to all of this weekend’s sports action along with a look at a busy weekend of high school sports.  Thanks as always for supporting this and all the blogs on this site and please continue to do so.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!