If you are a Chicago Cubs fan or a St. Louis Cardinals fan, there are two seasons. One is the season against all of the teams in the Major Leagues. The second is the battle against the other team.
I live in Peoria, Illinois. Peoria is almost “smack-dab” between St. Louis and Chicago, and there are plenty of fans for both the Cubs and the Cards — the rivalry is bitter. Of course no matter how the Cardinals do, their fans will play dirty and point out the fact that the Cubs have not won a World Series in over a century. Yes, it hurts. That is why nothing will make Cubs fans happier than to see the Cubs dance on the grave of the Cardinals in the remaining five games the two teams have this year. The first is tonight. While the Cubs have no future this year, they do lead the Cardinals so far 6-4.
James Hall has posted an article at the Chicago Cubs’ website titled “Wainwright to battle Cubs for win No. 19.”
Wainwright is the story from the Cardinals’ standpoint, and probably from baseball’s standpoint. Adam Wainwright is a Cy Young candidate for this year. He is 11-2 at home with a very stingy 1.52 ERA. Overall, Wainwright is 18-10 with a 2.38 ERA, hence the title of Hall’s article about 19 wins. Against the Cubs, Wainwright is not as dynamic, though effective, going 5-3 with an ERA of 4.13.
From the Cubs’ standpoint, in addition to just wanting to ruin the Cardinals’ chances at postseason, already slim, is to see starter Randy Wells pitch effectively. Wells was dynamic in 2009 but has not been effective this year. He is a native of St. Louis, so he will be pitching in front of his family.
Wells’ numbers include a record of 6-13 and an ERA of 4.61. Against the Cardinals, he has pitched poorly, with a record of 1-2 and an ERA of 5.40.
If we look a little more closely, we see that, in Wainwright’s last three starts against the Cubs, he has a 1-2 record with a 4.50 ERA, while in the last two games against the Cardinals, Wells has a record of 1-1 and an ERA of 5.09.
I think Randy Wells is going to show up tonight and beat the Cardinals.
Chicago Cubs’ Website, James Hall, “Wainwright to battle Cubs for win No. 19”