The Royals were close, but not close enough.
The situation at the back end of the Cardinals’ bullpen four years later is nearly exactly the same.
Michael Wacha’s back and forth season has now taken a new turn, as it comes full circle to where his pro career began – the bullpen. Yet, the future of the starting rotation could be one of the brightest parts of the end of the game as well, and do so in a familiar fashion.
For the first time in a decade, the Royals have more than one player named to the All-Star team.
Eight tickets have been punched, and eight college baseball teams are on their way to Omaha for the NCAA Baseball Championships.