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Baseball: Cardinals off to promising start; Cubs, Sox and Brewers struggling

May 11, 2011

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about the four Major League Baseball teams that are predominantly followed by the fans who live in this area: (in no particular order) the Cubs, White Sox, Brewers and Cardinals. At that time, all of them were hovering right around the .500 mark.

For two of those four teams, things have stayed roughly the same. The Cubs and the Brewers have dropped to sub-.500 by 3 and 6 games, respectively. The other two teams, the Cardinals and the White Sox, have distinguished themselves in completely opposite ways.

First, the good. The Cardinals have taken over the lead in the National League Central. At press time, they had a 20-15 record, a full five games above .500.

On the other end of the spectrum, we have the White Sox. They rest squarely at the bottom of the American League Central with the worst record in all of the majors. They have fallen to 9 games under .500 at 13-22. Speculation has swirled around whether their manager, Ozzie Guillen, will keep his job for the entire season.

Guillen is coming off a two-game suspension for an ejection and tweets he made following an argument with home-plate umpire Todd Tichenor in a game against the Yankees at the end of that horrible month of April. The ejection may have been Ozzie’s calculated way of getting his team’s attention.

Drastic times call for drastic measures, and when you have the worst record in the majors, something has to be done. Was it the right move? Was it enough? Only time will tell. The Sox are still struggling, but have recently shown signs of life.

At press time, the Sox won their last two games against the Seattle Mariners.

The Sox open this week with three games against the Angels before taking tomorrow (Thursday, May 12) off. They finish out this week with another three games on the road against the Athletics. Even if they could manage to sweep all six games this week, they’d still be 3 games under .500. That’s still not good.

Stay tuned…

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.

From the May 11-17, 2011 issue

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