Cubs lead the series 2-1. Ideally, this will be last time the Cubs and Cards meet this year. Nobody wants to see another game at Busch.
Wind is again blowing out, though not quite as strongly and with more of a left-to-right direction instead of straight out. Also, it’s supposed to be a bit cooler today, so perhaps the ball won’t be quite as jumpy as it was yesterday.
Hammel and Lackey are the official starters. But since Lackey is going on short rest for the first time since a decade and a Tommy John ago, and Hammel has been mostly back-end garbage since his hammy injury in early July against these same Cardinals, this one is likely to get into the bullpens early and often.
A bit more about last night’s Game 3 –
Not only was last night’s game the first time a team hit 6 HR’s in a postseason game, it’s also the first time that a team had 3 players under the age of 24 hit a HR in a postseason game (Schwarber, Bryant, Soler).
Also also, Jorge Soler is the first player in history to reach base in his first 9 postseason plate appearances – single, double, 2 bombs, and 5 walks. How much farther will he extend his record?