(KMOX, St. Louis) Wow! What a weekend for sports fans here in St. Louis. The Cardinals are back home for the opening weekend of the season at Busch Stadium as we all get a chance to celebrate last year’s World Title again. And the Blues are back in the playoffs after a three year drought as they host the San Jose Sharks in the opening round in the quest for the Stanley Cup. Let me get a quick take on these teams as they pursue championships in their respective sports.
The Cardinals are the defending champs and they’ve been very impressive in the opening week in defending their title. The Redbirds have impressed in just about every area to begin the season, but remember the baseball season is a marathon and not a sprint. I believe this Cardinals team has the tools to get back to playing October baseball, but this team is a lot older than teams in the past and they must stay healthy. The team already has to live without Chris Carpenter for at least the first two months of the season. And the Cards can’t afford any more setbacks for an extended period of time. If they do, it could be a struggle. But when the Cards are healthy I think they can hit with any team in the Central and when Carpenter comes back to the starting rotation it should be hands down better than any other team in their division. Plus, the bullpen will get a bonus in getting Lance Lynn to help set up Jason Motte.
It’s great to see the Blues back in the playoffs. The intensity and electricity being at a NHL playoff game is second to none. The Blues have already dropped the first game of the series to San Jose, but it takes four to win, so all is not lost. I thought the Blues played very good in game 1 against a more playoff experienced team. But the Blues players who have had little or no experience in the NHL’s second season made errors at crucial times that help the Sharks pick up the game one victory. This was one of the concerns I had with this team is their lack of playoff experience and some who have played the game said as much too. The two good things for the inexperienced Blues players is that they have teammates and a coach who have won Lord’s Stanley Cup that can give them great advice and the ones that made those mistakes played well overall in the first game. But we know everything is magnified when you get to playoff time in any sport. I still believe the Blues are a better team than the experienced Sharks, but this series will not be a walk in the park.
Scott Warmann is a host for the Sports Hub