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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 Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 West 11, St. Charles Post 312 1

G4 Daniel Boone 10, Hannibal 2

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City 9, West 2

G6 St. Charles 11, Daniel Boone 0

G7 West 6, St. Charles 2

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — West 11, Jefferson City 0

G9 If-Needed Game — Jefferson City 14, West 12

Jefferson City advances to state tournament in Sedalia.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Jackson 8, Washington 3

G4 Springfield Glendale 8, Sedalia 3

G5 Jackson 4, Eureka 2

G6 Washington 8, Springfield Glendale 0

Saturday, June 26

G7 Eureka 11, Washington 10 (9 innings)

G8 Championship — Jackson 7, Eureka 6

Jackson advances to Regional Tournament in Leavenworth, Kan.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

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