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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, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

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, 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

Softball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

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

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

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

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

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

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    3:30 p.m.

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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