1. Ryan Howard is the best bargin in baseball--52 HRs (62 projected); salary: $355,000 (major league minimum). Plus, he is hitting .306 thus far this season.
2. Further evidence that I am a curse on my favorite sports teams: the Cardinals went 7-2 on their most recent homestand; I went to both of the losses--a 9-1 schlacking by the Marlins (Mark Mulder's last game of the season) and a 1-0 painful loss to the Pirates (the only Pirates victory in STL this year). Sigh.