The Cubs beat the Cardinals again yesterday – SWEEP CITY, USA, POPULATION CARDINALS! OOOH, FACE!!! – dropping them to 6.0 games back of the Cubs in the NL Central.
Just to reiterate how critical these head-to-head match-ups are late in the season when there’s a race going on, had the sweep gone in the other direction, the Cardinals and Cubs are tied right now. As it stands, the Cardinals are six games back. A six-game swing in one weekend.
The Cubs have some more critical head-to-head match-ups coming this weekend after two in Tampa Bay, as they’ll travel to the home of the Miami Marlins to face the Brewers in Milwaukee for four games.
Speaking of those Miami Brewers, they beat the Marlins again as the “road” team at their home park, taking two of three in the series. Because the series was relocated due to a devastating hurricane, there’s a limit on how chapped you can get about the bonus home series the Brewers got. But I do think it’s worth pointing out that the Marlins are two games over .500 at home this year, and a whopping 13 games under .500 on the road. Meanwhile, the Brewers are a game under .500 on the road, and 10 games over .500 at home. They got a pretty significant advantage due to this switch, and probably an extra win.
With the win, the Cubs’ magic number dropped only one yesterday, but it’s a good one:
Click those heels.
The Brewers, 4.0 games back of the Cubs, head to Pittsburgh for three starting tonight before hosting the Cubs in what currently projects to be a huge series. The Cardinals head to Cincinnati to start a series there tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the Rockies lost to the Padres, meaning that the Brewers climbed to within 2.5 games of that second Wild Card spot. The Cardinals remain 4.5 games back. The Diamondbacks, 5.0 games ahead of the Rockies, have all but clinched one of the two Wild Card spots.