Life and sports run in cycles. The weekend series betweenthe St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals will showcase two teams at very differentpoints in their respective cycles.

The Royals would certainly like to be where the Cardinalsare now. Championship flags flying, a superstar player and currently spittingdistance from 1st place. The quest to get to that point in the cyclehas been fruitless since the mid 1980's. Clearly not every cycle is on the sametime-line.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals are trying to figure out how to getwhere the Royals currently sit. Obviously, they don't want to be under .500 andtrying to over-com decades of irrelevance. However, they are faced with anaging and increasingly expensive roster. Time will continue to march on andthose older and declining players will...

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