The Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals will play their last game of the season today at Wrigley Field. The Cardinals are not mathematically out of the pennant race although their magic number is down to “two.” The Cubs are looking to enjoy the season a little more by “halving” the Card’s hopes. They have already beaten them eight out of 13 times this year.
Bailey Stephens has posted an article at the Chicago Cubs’ Website titled “Cardinals try to stay alive in finale vs. Cubs.” The race now in the Central Division is between the Cardinals and the Reds but St. Louis’ chances really are miniscule.
Going for the Cardinals will be Jake Westbrook. He has a record of 8-11 and an ERA of 4.37. The Cubs’ pitcher will be Jeff Samardzija who did very well his last time out. His record is 2-1 with an ERA of 6.00. Both pitchers have done pretty well against the other team. Westbrook is 1-0 against the Cubs with a 3.00 ERA while Samardzija is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA.
In their last three starts Jeff Samardzija has done a little better going 2-0 with a 3.09 ERA compare to Westbrook’s 1-1 with a 3.50 ERA.
So that is the story for the pitchers. The hitters for both teams in the last few games have been up and down. The Cubs’ hitters have been more solid I think.
Cardinals’ manager Tony La Russa will not give up on the Cardinals’ chances to make the playoffs. He feels that the team must believe.
On the Cubs’ side of the aisle the situation with interim manager Mike Quade continues to be the hot issue. Quade has a great record of 19-10 since taking over for Lou Piniella. The Cubs’ players have been playing hard for him.
Cubs’ announcer Bob Brenly will not be a candidate for the managerial job next year. A couple of people have been interviewed including ex-Cubs’ star player Ryne Sandberg.
Quade has yet to get his interview but Cubs’ General Manager Jim Hendry has made it clear he is happy with his work. If the Cubs keep winning you have to figure that Quade will have a good chance.
Chicago Cubs’ Website, Bailey Stephens, “Cardinals try to stay alive in finale vs. Cubs”