Prior to Saturday's game, KHMO's Bill Shuler visited with Cardinal broadcaster John Rooney.

Rooney joined the St. Louis Cardinal radio network in 2006. Before partnering with Mike Shannon on Cardinal broadcasts, he spent 18 years as a play-by-play announcer with the Chicago White Sox. Rooney's final season with the White Sox, 2005, was the year of their World Series win. In his first season with the Cardinals, St. Louis won the World Series, making John Rooney one of the few sportscasters to work with two different World Champion teams in back-to-back seasons.

Rooney shared his thoughts on the Cardinals' strengths, and their weaknesses:

What we're looking at is a team that needs to execute better and get better key pitching late in the ballgame. When they do, they win.

Rooney says that because of the Cardinals' ability to score runs, and strong starting pitching, their chances at being competitive late in the season are strong:

I think it's going to make the rest of August and all of September very, very interesting to follow.

Hear Bill and John's conversation about the situation the St. Louis Cardinals are in as we enter late August: