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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 8:45 am | Updated: 9:58 am, Wed Jul 17, 2013.

Tuesday’s All-Star Game in New York marked the unofficial midway point of the Major League Baseball season.

There have been many surprises so far this season, and a few things that haven’t been much of a surprise.

The St. Louis Cardinals entered the break with the best record in the game at 57-36, one game ahead of Pittsburgh in the National League Central Division.

There still are concerns for the Cardinals in the second half.

What do you do with the shortstop position? Pete Kozma is solid defensively, but he’s hitting .233.

Can you ride the season out with Kozma and continue to throw in Daniel Descalso at shortstop every once in a while, or do you make a move to acquire another shortstop? How will the Cardinals’ rotation hold up in August and September?

There’s nothing to worry about with Adam Wainwright, but will rookie Shelby Miller hold up? Will Jake Westbrook stay healthy? What’s going on with Lance Lynn? He hasn’t exactly been lighting it up lately.

Who’s the Cardinals’ fifth starter in the second half? Joe Kelly? Michael Wacha? Carlos Martinez? Chris Carpenter?

In the bullpen, we know Trevor Rosenthal has the eighth inning and Edward Mujica is the closer.

But what about the seventh inning? Seth Maness? Kevin Siegrist?

Here’s kind of a crazy prediction. Lynn continues to struggle as a starter, so he’s moved to the bullpen to pitch the seventh inning.

That leaves two open spots in the rotation, which will be filled by Carpenter and Wacha.

Suddenly, the bullpen becomes a major strength with the additions of Lynn and Martinez to go with Rosenthal and Mujica.

Now that the Cardinals’ issues are solved, let’s give away some midseason awards.

• National League MVP: Is there even a debate? Yadier Molina leads the league in hitting (.341) and is the best defensive catcher on the team with the best record. I don’t want to hear about Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt.

• American League MVP: Baltimore’s Chris Davis is having a great season with 37 homers, 93 RBIs and a .315 batting average. But Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera gets the nod with 30 homers, 95 RBIs and a .365 batting average. He might win the triple crown for the second straight season.

• National League Cy Young: This won’t be a popular pick among the locals, but I’m going with Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw. His record only is 8-6, but he owns a 1.98 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP (Walks plus hits per inning pitched). Wainwright is 12-5 with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.

• American League CY Young: Have to go with Detroit’s Max Scherzer. He’s 13-1 with a 3.19 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP.

• National League Rookie of Year: Hopefully the all-star break will help Miller, who should win the award. He’s currently 9-6 for the Cards with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. Watch out for Miami pitcher Jose Fernandez.

• American League Rookie of Year: Boston’s Jose Iglesias seems to be the frontrunner. He’s played in only 52 games, but he’s hitting .367.

• National League Manager of Year: Mike Matheny deserves consideration, but you have to go with Pittsburgh’s Clint Hurdle. The Pirates are in the hunt for the Central Division and haven’t had a winning record in 20 years.

• American League Manager of Year: There were low expectations for Boston this season, but John Farrell and the Red Sox have the best record in the American League.

Before the season started, in this very space, I picked the Washington Nationals to defeat the Los Angeles Angels in the World Series.

The Nationals are 48-47 and six games behind Atlanta in the NL East. The Angels are 44-49 and 11 games behind Oakland in the AL West.

My division winners were Washington, Cincinnati and San Francisco in the National League and Los Angeles, Detroit and Tampa Bay in the American League. Of those six teams, only one (Detroit) is in first place.

Maybe I’m a jinx. If that’s the case, I’m definitely not picking the Cardinals in the second half.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton at Washington    7 p.m.

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Sullivan at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    7 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    7 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    7 p.m.

*Montgomery Co at Wright City    7 p.m.

Softball

Monday, Sept. 1

Hermann at Warrenton    4 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 2

*Union at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 3

*Duchesne at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Windsor    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 4

*Rosati-Kain at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Lutheran S at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 6

Owensville Tny    TBA

St. Clair at Potosi Tny    TBA

Sullivan at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 8

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Windsor    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Van-Far    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Union    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Borgia at Trinity    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

Tuesday, Sept. 2

*Borgia at St. Dominic    5:30 p.m.

Mehlville at Union    5:30 p.m.

Eureka at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Hermann at Father Tolton    5:30 p.m.

Waynesville at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Rolla at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Pacific at Washington    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 4

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washington    5 p.m.

Hermann at Fatima    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Bourbon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    5:30 p.m.

Union at North County    6 p.m.

Montgomery Co at New Haven    6 p.m.

Incarnate Word at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 5

Sullivan at Whitfield    5 p.m.

#ECC vs. Labette    5 p.m.

Patriette Lights at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

#ECC vs. Pratt    7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 6

Borgia Tournament    8:30 a.m.

Owensville at Fulton Tny    8:30 a.m.

#ECC vs. Independence    9 a.m.

#ECC vs. Southeast    1 p.m.

St. Clair, Pacific, Sullivan at North County Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 8

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Fox at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Hillsboro at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Tolton at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Pacific at Rockwood Summit    4:15 p.m.

Crosspoint at Rivers of Life    5 p.m.

Washington at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Montgomery Co at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Belle    5:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Kingston    6 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Community Christian    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

*ECC at Mineral Area    6:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 2

*Jefferson at ECC    4 p.m.

St. James at Laquey    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Fatima    5 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Fulton SA at Barat    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 4

ECC at Maple Woods    4 p.m.

North County at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    4:30 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washington    5 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Friday, Sept. 5

Jefferson City Lightning at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Fulton SA at Tolton    5 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 6

St. Charles at Washington    11 a.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Sunday, Sept. 7

ECC at Blue River    noon

Monday, Sept. 8

Christian Academy at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Pacific at Washington    5 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Sullivan at Valley Park    4 p.m.

*ECC at St. Charles    4 p.m.

Crosspoint at St. Louis United A    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Union    5 p.m.

St. Clair at Belle    5 p.m.

Mehlville at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at Duchesne    6:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Warrenton    5 p.m.

Cross Country

Saturday, Sept. 6

New Haven Short Course    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at SLUH Inv    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Sullivan Invitational    4 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

Pacific, Sullivan at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13

Forest Park Inv    9 a.m.

New Haven, Hermann, Owensville at Linn Inv    9 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 15

St. James at Bourbon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 2

Borgia at Westminster    4 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Borgia at Washington    3 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 4

*Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    3:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 5

Washington at Troy Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 8

Washington at Timberland    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

*O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Troy    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Friday, Sept. 5

Washington at Oakville/CBC    4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Kennedy    5:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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