Tony La Russa sees plenty of parallels between the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals and last year's crazy comeback World Series champions.
With a twinkle in his eye, La Russa notes both teams were six games above .500 heading into the second half of the season. The old skipper has seen his share of games, and agrees with his rookie successor, Mike Matheny, that there's plenty of untapped potential.
Of course, everyone knows what happened last fall.
''Look at how many hits they took,'' La Russa said in Kansas City before managing the National League's 8-0 romp over the American League in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night. ''I think they've done a real good job of hanging in there with adversity. The second half is going to be very exciting and they're going to be a part of it.''
The Cardinals are 46-40 and in third place in the NL Central, but just 2 1/2 games behind the surprising Pittsburgh Pirates heading into a three-game series at second-place Cincinnati that starts on Friday night...