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The Cardinals need to take advantage of their upcoming schedule.

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The Cardinals have had a rough first half of the 2014 campaign. However, they have also had one of the toughest schedules in the central division so far, especially if divisional opponents are not included. The Brewers have been able to feast on some weaker competition up to this point, which is what good teams must do. The Cardinals have survived the tough half of the schedule. Hopefully they can follow the Brewers' lead and make a push for the division crown down the stretch, as the Cardinals' competition gets weaker and the rest of the Central's gets stronger. -Infogram

What Else is Going On in Baseball...

  • Clayton Kershaw is really good. Barf. - MLB
  • Billy Beane and the A's are going for it. - 120SportsSports on EarthAthletics NationMLB Daily DishFangraphs
  • Hey, the Yankees made a trade, too. Whadddya know! - MLB Daily Dish
  • Things are not going well for you when your baserunning blunders make Jose Molina laugh. - Cut4
  • Here are your 2014 All Stars! - MLBSBNation (AL); SBNation (NL)
    And now you can vote for the final player to get on the team. - MLB
    If you decided to go to the game, you can see the All Stars and also probably go into cardiac arrest. - Cut4
  • Bryce Harper tried to break his bat, doesn't break his bat. - Cut4
  • A member of the Fangraphs community tried to a new method to spot potential leadoff hitters. - Fangraphs
  • David Price is trying not to focus on the trade rumors. - Sports on Earth
  • The Rockies should trade Troy Tulowitzki and here is why. - Fangraphs
  • Sign of the apocalypse: Bronson Arroyo needs Tommy John surgery. - MLB Daily Dish

What the Cardinals Are Up To...

  • Tyler Lyons up, Marco Gonzales down. - Cards Conclave
  • Which of course means Joe Kelly will start Friday... wait, wut? - STL Today
  • Jason Motte has been a real treasure. His K Cancer campaign is one of my favorite things about the Cardinals. - Cards Conclave
  • Trevor Rosenthal has had some struggles lately, but he is still King. - STL Today
  • "He’s a great teammate but he’s a dad-gum good hitter. We’re just breaking the surface of what this guy can do." -Adam Wainwright - STL Today

The NL Central
  • So the Cubs made a HUGE deal with the A's. While that is good for the Cardinals in 2014... - Bleed Cubbie Blue
  • ...I am really quite afraid of 2015, 2016, and/or 2017 Cubs. - Bleed Cubbie Blue
  • Joey Votto's locker is so clean (or course) that is sparks trade rumors. - Cut4
  • The Brewers have a very steady rotation with possibly five ERA qualifiers (the 2004 and 2005 Cardinals make this list). - Fangraphs
  • Standings
    Milwaukee Brewers 52 38 .578
    St. Louis Cardinals 48 42 .533
    Pittsburgh Pirates 47 42 .528
    Cincinnati Reds 46 42 .523
    Chicago Cubs 38 49 .437
The Pittsburgh Pirates

Weekend Scoreboard:
Friday, July 4 Marlins 2 Cardinals 3 VEB Recap FS Recap
Saturday, July 5 Marlins 6 Cardinals 5 VEB Recap FS Recap
Sunday, July 6 Marlins 8 Cardinals 4 VEB Recap FS Recap
Monday, July 7 Pirates 0 Cardinals 2 VEB Recap BD Recap

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