Thank you, St. Louis Cardinals, for keeping my weekend light.
I have to admit that I was apprehensive that you'd lose Saturday night to the Milwaukee Brewers -- especially after a sloppy start to the game -- and that you'd be playing Sunday with the real possibility of seeing your four-game National League Central Division lead shrink to one game.
But, by pulling yourselves together and winning the game 5-3, I can relax knowing that you'll leave town at least as many games ahead -- three -- as you were when you arrived in Wisconsin. And that's a win because there are four fewer games left on the rapidly concluding schedule for the Brewers to try to use to run down St. Louis.
The fellas in the Brewers clubhouse had to be relatively glum after game three of this four-game set. They know their best opportunity, a long series on their home turf, has been wasted. Even if they can play to a stalemate Sunday in the finale, they've got a lot of ground to make up. And their only games left head-to-head with St. Louis come in a three-game series at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals are a much better team this season in front of more than 40,000 of their own fans at home than they are on the road.
So, nevermind that the Saturday night win was ugly and filled with errors while devoid of a reasonable amount of offense. I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth. The Redbirds are a season high 14 games over .500 and they're playing their best baseball at the right time of year.
That will help me sleep well tonight.