This is what the fans of the Chicago Cubs have been waiting for: a postseason series following their defeat of the Pittsburgh Pirates last night. It wasn’t even close as it appeared that the Pirates had little chance to stop the steamroller named Jake Arietta.
Now the Cubs come to St. Louis looking to do what most people say is improbable–knocking off the team with the best record in baseball, the Cardinals. Stranger things have happened.
I have watched the Cardinals all season and their play (up until the last few weeks of the season) took my breath away as they convincingly defeated opponent after opponent all the while suffering loss after loss of major components of their team. I’m not going to list all of the injuries simply because those situations happen to every team, but I will point out that St. Louis handled their loss of players better than anyone else and won 100 games for the year.
All this will be moot if they don’t find some way to convince Chicago they are only mortal and shouldn’t really be playing in the postseason. Common thinking was that next year and the years following will be the time when the Cubs ought to be feared. But they have found a way to move up their schedule.
This season has been a joy to watch and I don’t believe it will be over for St. Louis at the conclusion of the series with Chicago. But those are just my words–the proof will be played out on the field.
May the best team win!