The St. Louis Cardinals rained fire and fury on the Royals this week, sweeping a four game series. The Cardinals hit grand slams in the late innings of games 3 and 4, leaving the Royals relief corps in shock. Just 2-8 in their last 10 games, the Royals have fallen to third place in the division behind the surging Twins. Also down the toilet went their hold on the second Wild Card spot. The season is circling the drain. My confidence level for the playoffs right now is zero. This team does not have what it takes to compete against the top tier of either league, and the reason is pitching. The starters are average at best, and the bullpen, just two years removed from being the best in all of baseball, is a shambles. Nothing short of a miracle will salvage the season now.