After two out of this world pitching performances Friday and Saturday the St. Louis Cardinals didn’t get one yesterday and paid the price for it.  Shelby Miller pitched a gem of a game on Friday night totally dominating the Colorado Rockies and earning the first complete game victory of his young career.  Miller started strong and finished strong and got the offensive support he needed from the Cardinals in shutting out the Rockies.  As impressive as that was, Adam Wainright was even more impressive on Saturday carrying a no hitter into the eighth inning before giving up a hit which he immediately recovered from and continued his dominate outing.  He would give up one more hit before the end of the game but that was it as the Rockies were stymied for the second game in a row and I can’t remember the last time I had the pleasure of watching two dominating pitching performances in a row like that.  Expectations for yesterday were very high based on the results of the previous two games but Jaime Garcia took care of those expectations quickly as he did not pitch very well and the bullpen didn’t pitch much better.  The Cardinals ended up losing the game 8 to 2 but that’s only because they scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth.  Otherwise the Rockies returned the favor as their pitching was very good while the Cardinals pitching was not.  The Cardinals continue their home stand tonight as the New York Mets come into town tor a four game series.  The game tonight starts one hour earlier than normal because that’s the way ESPN wants it and of course we have to do whatever ESPN wants us to. 

The Kansas City Royals did not get two dominant pitching performances over the weekend, in fact they didn’t get any at all.  They were swept by the aging and hurting New York Yankees and only managed to score 4 runs total the last two games of the series.  The Royals did score six runs on Friday night which should be enough to win most games unless your pitching staff gives up 10.  The Royals head out west to begin a series with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim or whatever they are called now.  Speaking of the Angels, for all of you still upset because the Cardinals didn’t match the Angels offer for Albert Pujols last year and think the Cardinals would be better if they still had him keep this in mind: Pujols has only played s small handful of games at first base for the Angels this season.  The rest of the time he has been their DH because of recurring foot and knee issues.  From the articles I have read about him recently it appears unlikely he will ever be able to play first base on an everyday basis this season ans quite possibly in the future.  If the cardinals had him on their roster he would be more of a liability at this point than an asset. 

The St. Louis Blues saw their season come to an end on Friday night as they were ousted from the playoffs by the physically dominant Los Angeles Kings.  Every game in this series was one by one goal and although every game of the series made for great hockey it was readily apparent as the series progressed that the Blues simply couldn’t play consistently at the intense level the Kings were able to maintain.  The Blues tried, there is no doubt about that, but in my opinion they lost to a better team. 

Tiger Woods won the Players Championship on Sunday for his 78th overall tour victory in his career.  He had a very good tournament as did several other golfers and Woods has now won the Players Championship for the second time.  I might have more to say about that if I had actually watched the tournament but since I didn’t and certain people get upset with me if I pick on Tiger too much I’ll move on to NASCAR. 

For most of the Southern 500 on Saturday night it looked like Kyle Busch was going to get another victory which was not making for a good Saturday night here at the blog.  However, Busch began fading as the race got close to the end and Matt Kenseth pulled ahead of Busch and hung on to win at one of NASCAR’s most legendary tracks.  NASCAR now head to Charlotte for the next couple of weeks as they get ready for their 600 mile race on Memorial Day weekend. 

The Truman State women’s basketball team suffered a huge blow on Friday with the announcement by head coach Michael Smith that he was leaving the Bulldog program to become the head coach at Northwest Missouri State in Maryville.  Smith turned the women’s program around during his tenure at Truman and was able to take them to two straight MIAA post season tournaments and in my opinion did an excellent job of not only turning the program around but proved he is an excellent recruiter.  Truman’s loss is Northwest’s gain and I’m very happy we don’t have to play them any more.  Obviously Truman begins their search for a replacement immediately. 

Congratulations to the KHS boys track team on winning their first district title since 1980 on Saturday at the district meet in Mexico.  The KHS girls track team finished fourth in the district but had several outstanding performances and several first place finishes.  The top four finishers in each event move on to sectionalsthis Saturday also in Mexico and several KHS track athletes will be participating in sectionals with an excellent shot of making the state tournament.  For complete results check out today’s Kirksville Daily Express. 

The KHS boys tennis team will be sending their top singles player and top double team to sectionals today in Fulton. 

The KHS baseball team begin district play tonight in Fulton.  I would say the baseball team has an excellent opportunity to win the districts and move on to the next round. 

The KHS girls soccer team continue their excellent season as they head to Moberly for their district game today as well. 

Obviously, there is a lot going on right now on both the local and national level.  We’ll be back on Wednesday to pick up where we left off and talk more about the local athletes as they continue their post season action.  This is one of my favorite times of year as there is so much going on.  Thanks as always for checking out this blog and please support the other blogs on this site as well.

Have a great Monday!