Aug 16, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig (21) is tended to by a member of the medical staff after being hit by a pitch as manager Mike Matheny (22) exchanges words with Chicago Cubs catcher Welington Castillo (53) during the second inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Rub the Cubs noses in it!



The St. Louis Cardinals know how to cool off and celebrate…with ELECTROLYTES!  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Cubs have been keeping up with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013, but this weekend’s series will be a different beast. The pinstriped side from the Central’s cellar will be more than a despised rival on Friday, they look to become casualties of the Cardinals march to the post-season.

The Cubbies have gone 7-9 versus the Redbirds this season.  That nearly even record illustrates how well Chicago plays versus their I-55 foe.  But there is a magical number now, and closure should be in the form of a hometown celebration with hoppy St. Louis water and chilly champagne.  Friday night would be the perfect time to pop bottles since Saturday is a late game, unlike Sunday.

All of St. Louis (ball club, fans, businesses) would greatly benefit from a game 1 victory, then the weekend would be focused on resting up for the playoffs and speculation galore.
It is true that Chicahhgo could win all 3 games under the Arch this weekend and force STL back to the torturous do or die wildcard game.  It is also true that the Detroit Tigers could be on their way to becoming the Buffalo Bills of baseball.  But hypotheticals and streaks are often disproven, just like the Atlanta Braves in the 90’s or the St. Louis Blues, some day.
The MLB schedule gods predicted a big end of the year at Busch by setting up this classic rivalry for late September.  But even the powerful wizards that create maze-like seasons cannot foretell how the final battle for bragging rights and the crown of the almighty National League Central will play out.
The only certainties are that the Cards will be planning next week and the Cubbies will be hoping for next year.

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