The WGEM SportsCenter Wednesday crew will be back at full strength today with Josh Houchins back after being a person of interest in the whole Erin Andrews saga last week. We’ll dole out the Mid-Week Grades around 8:20. If you have a grade to hand it, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or text it to us at 217-617-9437. You can also check out the show’s Twitter feed.
A — Mark Buehrle. First a perfect game last week against the Rays, then he threw 5 2/3 more perfect innings Tuesday night at Minnesota. Not bad. He set an MLB record by retiring 45 straight batters, beating the mark shared by Sox stopper Bobby Jenks. A heck of a record. The St. Louis-area native said during All-Star week that he wanted to one day pitch for the team he grew up with — the Cardinals. Cardinals fans should be so lucky. Considering that he’s already thrown two no-hitters and helped deliver the White Sox their first World Series title in decades back in 2005, Buehrle is on his way to becoming the best pitcher in team history. The team has him locked up through the 2011 season. Expect the 30-year-old southpaw to stay on the south side for a long time. And considering the long lifespan that left-handed pitchers have, it’s not out of the question for Buehrle to one day reach the 300-win mark before he’s finished dealing.
B — St. Louis Cardinals. Good move by the Cardinals last week to trade what could be in the future (Brett Wallace and Co.) and live in the moment by getting Matt Holliday. The Holliday move solidifies the Cardinals’ lineup and gives Albert Pujols the protection he needs. Since the trade, Holliday and other recent additions Julio Lugo and Mark DeRosa have been three of the Cardinals’ hottest players. With a little pitching, the Cardinals and Cubs could be in for a heck of a battle over the final two months of the season.
C — Brett Favre. The good news is that we won’t have to hear about his coming out of retirement anymore. (That is true, right?) The bad news is that we won’t get to see his supposed revenge tour against the Packers. It will be interesting to see how the Packers deal with Favre going forward. When will they retire his number? Will they even invite him back to Lambeau Field?
D — Omar Minaya. To say this season’s been a disaster for the New York Mets is an understatement. The team has one of the higher payrolls in baseball, but has no chance of making the playoffs and could finish with a losing record. That kind of ineptitude doesn’t play well in the Big Apple. Earlier this week, Minaya decided to attack a member of the New York media. Also not a very good move in those part. They might not be as disfunctional as the Knicks
F — Phillies fans. Most St. Louis Cardinals fans (and a few players) were annoyed by fans at Citizens Bank Park who used laser pens to pester some Cardinal batters on Saturday. That wasn’t even anywhere near the worst thing to happen at the park last weekend though. If you’re ever in Philly, make a note to yourself not to spill your beer. Seems someone at the park spilled their beer and wound up dying in a fight at the park.