Now that St. Louis Cardinals management has decided which pitcher it wants to begin the season in the fifth and final spot in the starting rotation, its focus can shift to a similar dilemma that exists for the last spot in the bullpen.
The rumor mill around the Cardinals search for an upgrade at shortstop has hit red alert levels of speculation. Yet, the easiest way to solve the problem will require some sacrifice—in the form of a contract to Stephen Drew.
Stopping the Boston momentum was the most important job the Cardinals had to do entering game two. And all things considered, there was no better man available to do the job than Michael Wacha.
From a string of uncanny, timely pitching performances, to just the right hits to get by, they have found a seamless way to survive. However, on Wednesday night in Boston, those seams popped and the Cardinal chances quickly followed suit.
Left for dead after a seven-game losing streak, the Royals are still in the playoff hunt.