The Cardinals Come to Wrigley Field to Be Booed Between Yawns

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The Cardinals Come to Wrigley Field to Be Booed Between Yawns

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After they receive a compensatory draft pick for having stubbed a toe at the airport or some nonsense, the St. Louis Cardinals will arrive at Wrigley Field to open a three-game set against the Chicago Cubs. It will be the first time they’ve faced each other as the top dogs in the NL Central – by the standings, anyway – in a couple years, and it will be the first time in even longer that it’s the Cardinals coming in on top this far into the season. It has long felt like, when the Cubs defeated the Cardinals in their only ever playoff series in 2015, they closed the door on the competitive Cardinals for a good long while.

Maybe the Cardinals are “back”?

Certainly, as Michael noted, they’re playing very well on the offensive side right now, but their pitching has been surprisingly suspect at times. Their expected win/loss record is actually a couple games behind the Cubs, even as they currently lead the division by 2.5 games. Ultimately, one series between these teams – teams that will play 19 times this year – won’t decide anything, whichever way it goes, but it’ll be nice to see what the Cardinals actually have.

To that end, it should be a really fun series on the rivalry side of things. It feels like ages ago, but this offseason was punctuated by the most asinine hostility in the history of sports, with the Cardinals so upset that Kris Bryant joked that their boring city was boring. Will that ratchet things up this weekend? It’s hard to see how it is necessary at this point, given that these are two currently top teams in the NL, age-old rivals, and with a fan base that’s going to be booing mercilessly at Wrigley Field. (And, if we’re lucky enough, chanting “BO-RING” every time Yadi Molina comes to the plate.)

Baseball is meant to be entertaining, and it is – to me – at its most entertaining when rivals are doing their rivalry thing. Cubs-Cardinals has produced exceptional games and moments in my lifetime, and while that’s true no matter how competitive each team is in the standings, it is particularly true when each team has a lot to play for.

Let’s go.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.