Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 7/18/13
ST. LOUIS -- Though the Cardinals reached the actual halfway point June 30, the All-Star break still represents an end as well as a beginning to their season. "To me, it's one of those lines that we've crossed," manager Mike Matheny said while watching his team work out on a sizzling Thursday afternoon at Busch Stadium. "It has to be looked at like that because there was such an emphasis on pushing all the way through the break. The reward was a few days off and now we have to reset our focus. "We have the same expectations of what we were doing before." What they've done is more than anyone could have expected. At 21 games over .500, they have the best record in the majors. They have outscored the opposition by 127 runs; no other team has a difference greater than plus-91. Their offense leads the NL and their pitching staff has the third-lowest ERA in the majors. But, of course, they still have questions. What will they do before the July 31 trade deadline? Though the Card...
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