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ESPN and Sports Illustrated agree, the St. Louis Cardinals are very good.

SI’s Joe Lemire:

Jake Westbrook has been outstanding this year, with a 1.62 ERA in 39 innings, so replacing him while he’s on the disabled list with elbow inflammation would seem difficult — for any team except the Cardinals.

St. Louis promoted lefthander John Gast for his big league debut on Tuesday, and he started with five scoreless innings against the Mets, though he did allow four runs in the sixth. After Gast, the Cardinals trotted out three righthander relievers in sinkerballer Seth Maness and power pitchers Carlos Martinez, whose fastball touched 100, and Joe Kelly, who hit 98 on the radar gun. Each of the three pitched a scoreless inning.

And while Kelly, 24, is in his second year, the other three are rookies; Gast and Maness are only 24 while Martinez, a top prospect, is only 21. There’s also 22-year-old Shelby Miller, who came within a single of a perfect game on Friday, as well as hard-throwing Trevor Rosenthal, 22, not to mention starters Lance Lynn and Jaime Garcia, who are both only 26.

They combine to form a spectacular early-to-mid-20s brigade of pitching riches for St. Louis, which oh-by-the-way also has Adam Wainwright and some good veteran relievers. As a whole, the Cardinals have allowed a major league-low 131 runs, led by a 2.33 rotation ERA that is nearly a run better than Washington’s second-place 3.21. Throw in an offense that ranks third in the National League in runs, and the Redbirds are the new No. 1 in this week’s MLB Power Rankings.

It has been a lot of fun to watch.

*too little too late …

in-backyards:

I also get to use watercolors all day, so I thought I’d paint Russell’s and my exciting news. 2 beds/1.5 baths, full basement, 1 car garage, fenced in backyard in the perfect neighborhood.

We done good.

gq:

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This evening’s trip to the gym just got interesting …

I got my new glasses in the mail today. So, this is my face now.

This afternoon I made a presentation in front of the plant’s senior leadership, including the new Plant Manager. It went well.

This afternoon I made a presentation in front of the plant’s senior leadership, including the new Plant Manager. It went well.

Celebrating true love.

Like most St. Louis Cardinals fans, I don’t like Brandon Phillips.* That said, he is increasingly becoming a human highlight reel. This double play is amazing.

* Why I/we dislike Brandon Phillips.

in-backyards:

This is the best dog video I have ever seen (via peacebeneath and dootzy).

This.

in-backyards:

So, I lost my voice, but it’s okay because the sushi place across the street has gigantic cups of miso soup, and @mccardsfan is the best delivery boy/boyfriend of all time.

Chicken noodle soup hasn’t got shit on the miso soup across the street.

A truly WHAT THE FUCK?! worthy story.

My semi-homemade pizza. Italian sausage and mushroom pizza with a buttery egg wash to brown the crust. Sautéed baby bellas and pre-cooked locally made Italian sausage and parbaked crust, so I could broil it when the cheese was on. Good stuff.

Currently (despite its 51% on the Tomatometer)