Welcome to Rusty’s Rundown! Rusty Hendricks here from SEMO ESPN and play by play announcer for Sikeston Sports. I am a sports junkie, especially anything Cardinals baseball. I went to Advance High School and graduated from Missouri Baptist University with a Broadcast Journalism degree. I also played baseball in college. I have been fascinated with sports from a young age and always seem to have an opinion. Hope you enjoy our blogs here on semoespn.com with the goal of talking sports! I will touch on national and local sports. Plus, really anything that catches my eye. Let’s get started shall we!
I will open with the St. Louis Cardinals. You know…that team that has the best record in baseball. Right now the Cardinals are in a good place. But my question is will it last? We lost one of the best pitchers in the game in Adam Wainwright for the season with an Achilles injury. What concerns me is innings. Where are they going to come from? The starting pitchers in my mind could definitely do a better job of eating innings. Innings are a concern for the starters and for the relievers. The relievers are near the top in the league in appearances. We saw last year how a taxed bullpen can have a negative impact. Trevor Rosenthal the Cardinals closer was clearly affected by his innings total a year ago. We might not see the results now in regards to the relievers, but later on in the season we could. That is why the starters for the Cardinals need to eat up more innings. Of course we have young arms such as Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez. I’m sure the Cardinals are leery of stretching their starts out. Nonetheless, the Cardinals have the best starters ERA in baseball. Am I concerned over nothing? Or could this be a problem down the road?
Next Cardinals topic…Will the Birds on the bat try to add pitching via a trade? If so, who? Cardinals have been linked to names such as Cole Hamels and Scott Kazmir. I would love to see Hamels in a Cardinals jersey. However, realistically I don’t see it happening. I believe he has too high of a price tag. Plus, I don’t think it would be wise for the Cardinals to give up the kitchen sink for a guy like Hamels. I think they would be more likely to land someone like Aaron Harang, Mark Buerhle, Colby Lewis, or Dan Haren. These four pitchers become free agents after the season. The Cardinals could benefit from one of these pitchers. They wouldn’t have to give up much and they wouldn’t have to pay them after the season is over. Do the Cardinals need to make a move? Are you satisfied where they stand now?
How about High School Baseball…I have to give a shout out to the Bell City Cubs. They defeated Oran on Friday for the Class 1 District 2 Championship. The first District crown in 25 years for the Cubs! They will be solid next year as well. What about Class 2? Bernie, East Carter, Greenville, and Valle all won District Crowns. Malden gets past NMCC in Class 3. Watch out for Notre Dame to make a run for state in Class 4. Then in Class 5, Jackson, unexpectedly wins their District. I think we could see at least 2 state Champions from our area. We will see.
A few of the areas track and field participants were honored this past week at state. Maurice Davis caught my eye. He placed first in state in the 100 meter dash at the Class 2 level. 10.97 seconds for Davis. Impressive for the Junior who looks to be a stud for the Football team next season.
Not a big NBA guy. But Steph Curry is insanely good. He has me rooting for the Warriors to win a Championship. As I write this column both the Warriors and the Cavaliers have 3-0 series leads. I think it’s fairly safe to say they will be meeting each other in the final round. I pick the Warriors in 7 games against the Cavs. Who do you have winning it all?
I will leave you with the topic of football in St. Louis. Will we have football in St. Louis in 2016? I certainly hope so. Roger Goodell recently praised the progress St. Louis has made in building a new stadium. But will it be enough? I don’t think that question will be answered for awhile. But if St. Louis comes through and funds a new stadium before the lease is up on the Edward Jones Dome, how could the NFL say no to the Rams staying? Why won’t the NFL step up and back the Rams in St. Louis? The NFL just handed down penalties to the New England Patriots with their “deflate gate” scandal. The NFL have been standing on their “ethics” so to speak and sticking their chest out. Will they not do the same for St. Louis? Or is the dollar sign the most important thing for the NFL. I guess only time will tell…
We will talk to you later! Until next time…