Matheny impressed by NL Central opponents

Matheny impressed by NL Central opponents

HOUSTON -- On Sunday, the Cardinals complete a 27-game stretch of playing against the Central Division. Manager Mike Matheny has gotten an early, up-close look at the teams the Cards will be battling all season long.

"It's a good division," Matheny said. "Chicago gave us a tough time. They've got some young players still developing and are exciting to watch. What Houston is doing, for the past four games at least, they're pretty impressive. They swing the bat well. Their bullpen came in and did a great job last night. Their starter kept them in the game."

Matheny certainly isn't taking any Central Division team lightly.

"Pittsburgh is another team that just plays hard and they just fight," he said. "So, it's going to be a strong division again. I think you're always making a mistake in trying to rule somebody out. Just let the season play out. So far we've seen every team and there's a lot of potential.

"I like playing the Central teams. That's who we're going to be head-to-head against. So every time you get a chance to play against them, you've got a chance to go one direction or the other. Hopefully it's up."