ST. LOUIS -- Yadi Molina hasn't caught a game for the Cardinals in seven whole days and won't for at least eight more.
And guess what?
The Cardinals' world has not shattered. Despite not having the services of the frontrunner for the NL MVP, the Cardinals still look pretty much like the Cardinals.
They trailed the Pirates in the NL Central by 2.5 games when Molina's right knee forced him to the disabled list, and their deficit stood at 2 games heading into Wednesday night's contest against the Dodgers.
Tony Cruz, formerly known as the rarely used backup, has done just fine, thank you very much.
The Cardinals have gone 4-2 in Cruz's starts since Molina left the lineup and the opposition has scored a total of 14 runs in those games. Adam Wainwright might have shook off Cruz more in one start than he shakes off Molina in half a season but otherwise, Cruz has been in control.
Surprised? The Cardinals insist they aren't.
"This is the same guy we've seen," manager Mike Matheny ...