If you’re reading this post chances are you’re one of the few Cubs fans who hasn’t tuned out the baseball season in favor of the NFL. Although, who could blame you for doing so? Nonetheless, your attention is appreciated.
Moving on…A wild-and-wooly win for the Cubs at Citi Field Sunday night. The Cubs six-run rally in the 11th covered another late-game lead squandered by the bullpen.
It’s the third straight game Chicago has coughed up a lead. Yet, somehow they managed to take 2 of 3 against the Mets to win its first series in New York since July of 2006.
Better still, the Cubs are 4-2 over its last six road series beginning August 1 in Pittsburgh. That’s helped push the Cubs record to (22-17) since July 31, tied with St. Louis for the second-best mark in the division during that span.
We know it’s too little, too late for our Cubbies, but St. Louis has quietly strung together five straight victories to cut Milwaukee’s division lead to 6.0 games with three weeks remaining.
More notably is the fact the Cardinals swept a three-game series from Wild Card leading Atlanta over the weekend, which presents St. Louis a more manageable 4.5 deficit to catch the Braves by season’s end.
The Brewers, (5-5) over its last 10 games, are still in the driver’s seat for the division, especially considering they don’t face St. Louis head-to-head for the remainder of the schedule.
However, the division crown isn’t in the bag just yet, and may not be until the final week of the season if St. Louis stays hot.
The Cardinals next play three games at Pittsburgh, losers of three straight and 6 of 10. Milwaukee stays home against Colorado who’s riding a modest two-game winning streak.
If the Cards make up two more games on Atlanta or Milwaukee by week’s end they have a real shot at catching at least one of them. That didn’t seem likely just one week ago.
I doubt that’s enough excitement to keep most Cubs fans interested against Bears vs. Saints and Bears vs. Packers. But for those who do care, we can live vicariously through our two biggest division rivals. Oh boy!