AND WE’RE BACK.
It’s just me, your friendly neighborhood Prof, today. Next week, I’m going to be taking a bit of a breather, so Scout will be doing most of the posts himself. Be nice to him and don’t burn the place down. It’s a Girl Power Friday, and I’ve picked one of my all time favorite songs for your listening pleasure. Guess which one it is? Smart readers will pick up on the theme when you get to the end of the post. Now, let’s get started.
What the Yanks and Sawx are to the American League, the Cubs and Cardinals are to the National League. A rivalry that is always feisty regardless of the teams’ records, Cubs/Cards can be nasty and hateful. Maybe it’s not quite as dangerous as Dodgers/Giants, but it’s always nasty. Growing up rooting for the Cubs in a Cardinals home was always uncomfortable, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’d like to say it shows my good taste. Or possibly, my underlying lifelong battles with depression, since traditionally the Cubs were the underdog.
But that’s all in the past. We’re here to talk about the present.
Cardinals 6, Cubs 9
Now it started off rough for the Cubbies. Kyle Hendricks was your starter and he went four and 2/3 innings, but it was definitely not a successful four and 2/3rds. Afterwards, a succession of Cubs hurlers took the bump, with Brian Duensing (generally a long relief guy) getting the dubs and Pedro Strop gaining the save.
Chicago went OFF in the fifth inning, gaining five runs, including an Ian Happ two run homer. The Cubs got a great game from Jason Heyward (3-5), whom I will always support.
Now, for St. Louis, it was a bit more murky. The Redbirds and their interim manager Mike Shildt had more success in the beginning stages, this is true. Tommy Pham hit a home run in the second inning to extend their lead before Chicago began clawing back. Yadier Molina – who might actually be the true manager of this team – went 4-5 and Matt Carpenter had a one run homer.
Is Shildt the answer? Will The Lou begin a search for fresh blood outside of the organization? Will they try to lure Buck Showalter, who might be leaving the Orioles after this season? Will they attempt to sign Joe Girardi, which is a rumor that will not go away? Will they DFA Dexter Fowler after all? Who really knows. It will be interesting to watch the Cardinals, who are usually on top of or near the top of the NL Central standings, shake out the dust and see where they land at the end of the second half.