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The Week In St. Louis: Preseason And Pedro Feliz

This was a disheartening week for St. Louis sports fans—Blues fans should be happy that nothing much of note happened in their neck of the NHL. 

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Rams fans learned that their offensive line was perhaps less ready than expected to protect the Franchise Savior in his preseason debut. There's something especially Rams-like and awful about this outcome, I think; a regular bad team might wake up and realize it's drafted Joey Harrington, but the Rams did all the right things and then watched with mounting horror as Sam Bradford was knocked around in a matter not at all befitting his station in life. That's rough.

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Cardinals fans learned that John Mozeliak was perhaps less ready than expected to keep a steady hand at the tiller in the midst of a tough division race. Trading for the least-valuable player in baseball to date is extremely difficult to do, but he did it. Pedro Feliz could well be the seventh or eighth best option available to the Cardinals right now—Felipe Lopez, Allen Craig, Tyler Greene, Ruben Gotay, Joe Mather, and Matt Carpenter would all have claims to being able to put up a sub-.600 OPS and average-ish defense, I'd say.

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It's not often such an incremental move destroys confidence in a general manager, but there's just no way to rationalize this move; it's awful, all the way around. 

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Blues fans, well, you appear to have gotten this news cycle off. Be happy about it. I wasn't around enough last week to mention it, so I'll take this opportunity to plug Cam Janssen's surprisingly nuanced take on the difference between hockey fights and Brandon Phillips-instigated baseball brawls.  

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