If last Wednesday someone would have told me that the Cards would go 5-2 over the next week, I would have been delighted. But, I think with how well the series unfolded at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley, Cardinal fans lost sight of the bigger picture.
First off, even with the two gut-punch losses in the desert, the Cardinals still control their own destiny. Win and you’re in.
The Cubs are still reeling from that “Wrigley Massacre.” Even though I’m sure that they would love nothing more than to roll into Busch and play spoiler, don’t forget that this is a Cubs team that is demoralized beyond comprehension and will be resting a lot of their regulars who possess their firepower.
The Birds wouldn’t be in this position if it were not for the starting rotation stepping throwing to their potential in the second half. The Cardinals have the luxury of rolling out the best arms of their staff if need be. Jack Flaherty will be ready to go Sunday on regular rest if the Mike Shildt needs him to throw.
Lastly, the Cardinals will get to play at home, where they are 20 games above .500 this season. Couple that with the dismal 31-46 away record, and things suddenly look a little better for the series ahead.
While the Cardinals may not rattle off three wins to make it seven in a row over the Cubs, I do believe that they will get the job done and retake their place at the top of the National League Central.