Baseball Thoughts Entering the 2015 Playoffs (or how the Cubs can win the World Series)

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

I’m sitting in the home office in Longview, Texas, six feet to the left of my slave-driving boss, Chris Stuckey. Talk about pressure.

But I surge ahead, determined to transfer these thoughts I have from my brain to keyboard, whether a thousand miles away at home, or at headquarters.

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

In case you haven’t noticed, the Cubs have the third best record in baseball. It is typical, that in such a case, the two better records belong to teams in their own NL Central Division; the Cardinals and Pirates. With only a couple of games this weekend to settle the dust and seal the postseason awards, the National League playoffs are set. The Cubs and Pirates will play the one game wild card game in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night, TBS the dutiful portrayer of the game. And don’t the playoffs just scream TBS? They broadcast an excuse me game every now and again, I was surprised to find late in the season that Ted Turner’s network even continued to broadcast baseball, with the superstations TBS and WGN dumping the local team coverage in the last few years, they being the Braves and Cubs. But that’s a conversation for a different column. [Read more…]

2013 MLB Team Preview: St. Louis Cardinals

By Chris Patton
PSDC Writer

These are interesting times in Cardinal Nation. (I hate that term, by the way.)

While the Cardinals are two years removed from a World Series championship and only an offseason removed from being one win away from a return trip to the Fall Classic, most of the buzz in and around St. Louis is about the future. With top prospects like outfielder Oscar Taveras, infielder Kolten Wong and pitchers Shelby Miller, Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal gaining accolades throughout MLB, it’s easy to see why many are looking a couple years down the road.

Don’t spend all your time paying attention to AAA Memphis, the big club should still give their fans something to cheer about this season.

Here is the 2013 team preview of the St. Louis Cardinals. [Read more…]

2012 NLCS: What Are You Guys Doing Here?

By Chris Patton
PSDC MLB Correspondent

“I’m not even supposed to be here today!” – Dante Hicks, “Clerks”

The line above, uttered repeatedly by the main character in Kevin Smith’s “Clerks,” can easily be applied to the 2012 National League Championship Series. The Giants and Cardinals weren’t supposed to be here. Where are the Reds and Nationals? [Read more…]