Podcast: Fun stats, weekend preview, more!

We finished the week on the Baseball Today podcast with fun and games but also intelligent -- we think and hope -- baseball discussion with myself and Mark Simon. Among the crucial topics were ...

1. Thursday was a day of aces, and most of them were able to beat the heat and pitch well, including the unlucky C.J. Wilson.

2. The drought is over for the sloth-like St. Louis Cardinals! We explain how a catcher saved them ...

3. Being a Mets fan, Mark has strong opinions about the upcoming trade deadline, and he’s not pleased a certain shortstop is off the market, especially knowing league-wide demand.

4. A Tampa Bay Rays fan from England emails the show with a special request, and we aim to please! So, if you could ask Kelly Shoppach any question, what would it be?

5. It’s a big weekend for a few teams, but especially so in the crowded Central divisions. Will the fans show up for America’s team? And can the Minnesota Twins make up ground?

Plus: Excellent emails, the unlucky Jason Bartlett, the curse of Sid Bream, the forgotten Brewers and Mark needs dining suggestions in Cincinnati (no, really), all on a packed Friday edition of Baseball Today! Have a great weekend!