Both the Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates are enjoying quality seasons midway through this year. With each team presenting a legitimate threat to make the playoffs in their respective leagues, the question is, which is most likely to achieve that goal?
With the two leagues set to square off in their annual exhibition featuring its greatest stars on July 16, all eyes will be on Citi Field. With home field advantage during the World Series on the line, the question very simply put is, can the National League maintain its grip on the contest for the fourth straight year?
The Cardinals will travel to Los Angeles to play the Angels July 2-4, marking the team’s first contests against former Cardinal Albert Pujols.
Flashing their bright orange spikes and booming bats, the San Francisco sluggers keyed a five-run blitz against Justin Verlander in the first inning that sent the National League to an 8-0 romp over the American League.
A baseball superstar since his heroic performance on the diamond during the playoffs last October, the 2011 NLCS and World Series MVP gives the Redbirds a total of five representatives next week at Kansas City.
“You couldn’t write a bad lineup. These guys are all stars,” La Russa said. “But just to play around and see what the different combinations are, someone has to hit seventh, eighth and ninth, and that’s a difficult thing with these guys.”
It’s finally baseball time. Kevin Wheeler gives his final preview thoughts before the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals season begins on Wednesday in Miami against the Marlins. He also talks some Rams football with Jim Thomas.