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    NL Central Champs! 2-1 St. Louis your happy final!

    Cards at Wrigley. Flaherty and Hendricks. Goldschmidt’s 32nd dinger of the year in the 2nd puts the Cards on top 1-0. Flaherty was in and out of trouble all day but a couple of key doubleplay balls bailed him out. He managed to make it through seven innings, allowing only one run on a two out rbi single in the Cub 6th to Nico Hoerner.

    A rbi double by Tyler O’Neill in the St. Louis 7th put the Redbirds back on top 2-1 and Miller and Martinez managed to make it stand up. Martinez fanned pinch-hitter Ian Happ with two outs in the 9th to end it and the celebration began on the field at Wrigley. Much to the dismay of the Cub fans, of course.

    2-1 St. Louis the final. Redbirds sit 90-63 on the year and are once again NL Central champs. The Friday afternoon game will see Wainwright and Mills on the hill at venerable Wrigley Field.

    Oh, and here’s the homerun and rbi chase:
    Arenado 33/105
    Goldschmidt 32/101

    #180069
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    The NL Central champ St. Louis Cardinals are at Wrigley Field for the Friday afternoon game. Wainwright and Mills in this one.

    Wainwright pitches well, he lasted seven innings. He allowed 2 runs, 6 hits, 4 Ks, and 1 walk. But he left trailing 2-0 as the Cubs put up a two spot in the 5th on two out rbi singles by Heyward and Hoerner.

    Cards can’t do much with Cubs starter Mills and they still trail 2-0 heading to the last of the 8th. Brebbia, who hasn’t been very good all year, allows a run in the last of the 8th and it’s now 3-0 Cubs heading to the 9th. Kimbrel is on for the save. But Arenado homers leading off and then Goldschmidt follows with another big fly. All of a sudden it’s 3-2 but Kimbrel settles down and the Cubs hang on for a 3-2 victory.

    90-64 on the year and the Saturday afternoon game will see Michael Wacha and Jose Quintana toe the rubber.

    #180098
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    Cardinals and Cubs, Saturday afternoon, venerable Wrigley Field. Wacha and Quintana.

    And Wacha doesn’t have it on this day. He only lasts 1.2 innings before he is knocked out. After two innings the Cubs are up 5-0. Cards are having a hard time with Quintana but they plate single runs in the 5th and 7th on homeruns by Carlson (21st) and Edman (20th). And a three run 8th inning cuts the lead to 6-5 with a two out two run single by Munoz the big blow. But Helsey gives up a two run dinger to Hoerner in the last of the 8th and that is that.

    8-5 Cubs the final. 90-65 on the year now and one left at Wrigley. Hudson and Darvish in the Sunday afternoon affair.

    #180114
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    Redbirds take the Sunday afternoon game in Chicago by the score of 6-2 and split the four game series. Remember, in real life the Cards swept the Cubs in four straight games enroute to the NL Central division title.

    Hudson and Darvish. Cards get a run in the top of the 3rd. Bader walks, steals 2nd, Hudson bunts him to 3rd, and he scores on Edman’s sac fly. 1-0 St. Louis through three innings.

    Paul Goldschmidt’s 34th dinger of the year, a three run bomb in the 6th, puts the Cardinals up 4-0. Goldy and Arenado are now tied with 34 homeruns. Arenado still has the edge in rbi’s 106 to 105.

    Schwarber’s two run dinger in the Cub 6th, his 37th on the year, makes it a 4-2 game. Hudson makes it through six innings and the bullpen does the job the rest of the way. Webb, Gallegos, and Brebbia close it out. DeJong’s 28th dinger of the year in the 9th made it 6-2.

    Hudson improves to 15-3 on the year. Cards sit 91-65 on the year and now head west for a three game set with the Diamondbacks in Arizona beginning Monday night. Mikolas and Young in the opener.

    #180115
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    Game One at Arizona. Mikolas and Young.

    Arenado’s 35th dinger in the first made it 1-0 Cards. His rbi single in the 3rd put St. Louis up 3-0.

    The Redbirds were cruising in the 4th with the 3-0 lead and things fell apart for Mikolas. Nick Ahmed nails a grand slam and boom, just like that, Arizona is up 4-3. Cards tied it up 4-4 in the 6th on a pinch-hit homerun by Lane Thomas. Gant enters in the last of the 6th and allows four runs on three hits and two walks. Christian Walker’s two run homer was the big blow.

    Arizona takes this one 9-5. Mikolas falls to 8-11 on the year. Record is now 91-66 and it will be Flaherty and Leake in the Tuesday night game. This will be Flaherty’s last start of the year. Arenado now leads the homer race 35-34 and the rbi race 108-105 over Goldschmidt.

    #180122
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    And the Cards take the middle game in Arizona by the score of 5-1. It might have been Flaherty’s best outing of the year as he carried a no-hitter into the last of the 8th. However, with one out Carson Kelly homered to break up the no-hitter and the shutout. Flaherty goes eight innings, 1 run, 1 hit, 9 strikeouts, and 3 walks. He ends the year at 18-6.

    DeJong’s 29th dinger and Bader’s 17th were enough to power the Redbirds in this one. 92-66 on the year and the last game in Arizona will have Wainwright and Kelly on the hill.

    #180126
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    Redbirds take the rubber game in a romp by the score of 14-4. Wainwright closes out the season at 12-10. Cards got six runs in the 1st with four of them coming on a Lane Thomas two out grand slam off of Kelly. Six runs in the 1st, four runs in the 2nd, and two runs in the 3rd and 6th.

    West coast is done and just three games to go as the Redbirds return home. The Cubs come to Busch for a three game weekend set to close out the regular season. Mills and Wacha in the opener. Cards are 93-66 on the year now.

    #180144
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    The Cubs come to Busch on Friday night to start the last three games of the year. It’s Mills and Wacha in this one.

    And the Cubs trounce the Cardinals by the score of 7-1. Mills was excellent in this one. He goes 7 innings, no runs, 3 hits, fans 9, and walks just one. A three run homer in the 7th by Nico Hoerner off of John Gant was the big blow. That put the Cubs up 4-1 and then in the 9th they got to Ryan Helsley for three more runs to seal the deal. Hoerner has been a big time thorn in the St. Louis side the last few games.

    93-67 on the year and the Saturday game will see Hamels and Hudson on the hill.

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    And this time the Cards return the favor by trouncing the Cubs 14-6. Hamels only lasted 1.2 innings and by then it was already 6-0 Cardinals. Edman his 21st dinger in this one. Hudson picks up his 16th win on the year, he finishes a sterling 16-3 on the campaign by lasting six innings. He did give up a two out grand slam in the 6th to Kyle Schwarber but stuck around long enough to finish the inning. Brebbia, Gallegos, and Webb finished it out.

    Cards sit at 94-67 on the year and the final game of the year will be coming up tomorrow – hopefully. Derek Holland gets the start for the Cubs and Miles Mikolas gets the call for the Cardinals. As it stands now Arenado leads Goldschmidt in the HR & RBI race as follows: 35-34 in HRs and 109-107 in RBI’s. Both will start tomorrow and play most of the game as they got some time off down in Arizona.

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    Guys, you ain’t gonna believe this. If anybody is reading this thread, here goes…..

    Game #162. Arenado leads Goldschmidt in the HR/RBI chase 35-34 and 109-107. The Cubs have a 2-1 lead heading into the last of the 9th. Kimbrel is on for the save. Carlson leads off with his 22nd dinger of the year to tie the game 2-2. Arenado then walks. And then, in the last atbat of the season, Goldschmidt homers to win the game. And that two run dinger tied Arenado in everything. Homeruns finished 35-35 and RBI’s ended up 109-109.

    4-2 St. Louis the happy final. Cards finish 95-67 on the year. Mikolas worked five innings and Gant, Gallegos, and Martinez finished it out. Martinez picked up the win to finish 7-2 on the year.

    It’s now off to Atlanta to face the Braves in the NLDS. Game One will see Flaherty and Keuchel on the hill at Truist Park.

    #180176
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    Bad news to report from Truist Park in Atlanta. The Braves take the opener in the NLDS by the score of 4-2. Two homeruns by Acuna, including a leadoff homerun, and Duval’s solo shot in the 6th powered them over the Cardinals. The only runs we scored came on a homerun by Carlson in the 6th and a 9th inning dinger in the 9th by DeJong. Flaherty made it through five innings and Brebbia, Webb, Gallegos, and Miller followed him.

    So Atlanta takes the one game to none lead in the NLDS and Game Two will see Hudson and Foltynewicz on the mound.

    #180180
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    More bad news from down Dixie way. Cards take a pounding in Game Two by the score of 8-2. Only recorded three hits on the day. Hudson and Foltynewicz. Edman leads the game off with a homerun but it’s all downhill from there.

    Hudson struggles from the git-go and the Braves plate three runs in the home half of the first. Braves lead 4-2 in the 5th when Dansby Swanson nails a three run homer to basically put the game out of reach. 8-2 is your unhappy final.

    So it’s win or go home for the 2019 Cardinals. Game Three will be in St. Louis and the Braves will send Soroka to the mound. Pitching for the Redbirds will be Adam Wainwright.

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    Julio Cruz………..Dead At Age 67.

    #180206
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    And the Braves end the Cardinals season with a 3-1 win in Game Three at Busch. Atlanta sweeps St. Louis in three straight games in the NLDS. Redbirds offense simply sputtered in these three games against Atlanta. And too many doubleplays as well.

    Thanks to all who read and posted some. I’m done with this thread now. Hope it was somewhat enjoyable for you. And my apologies for the final outcome.

    r/Esteemed Rat

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    Nice offseason project Rats, and thanks for sharing. I have been real busy of late, plus had some relatively minor surgery so have been out of the loop a lot of the time in recent weeks.

    I have managed to get my 1960s Franchise Best tournament into the League Championship round. Cubs and Giants in the NL, Tigers and Yankees in the AL

    Both series are four games in, best of seven. The NL series is tied at 2 games. The Cubs looked to go up 3 games to 1 as Ron Santo broke a 4-4 tie in the top of the 9th at Candlestick with a solo home run to center off of Bobby Bolin. The Cubs decided to bring in Ted Abernathy to close it out after Fergie Jenkins had gone 8, but was tiring. The Giants put two on and had first and third with two outs, with none other than Willie Mays up. Mays singled to center to tie the game.

    The Cubs pulled Abernathy and brought in Lindy McDaniel to face Willie McCovey. The Cubs weakness is they really have no lefty bullpen pieces. They could have brought in Rich Nye, but went with the experienced McDaniel who has pitched well. McCovey drilled a single to plate the winning run and even the series.

    The AL series has been mostly a case of the Tigers hitting in the clutch, and the Yankees not. Detroit won the first three, overcoming an early 3-0 deficit in game one to win 6-5, then cruised to a couple of wins before the Yankees avoided a sweep with a 6-4 victory in game four.

    The difference is Kaline, Cash, Colavito, and some clutch plays both offensively and defensively by the likes of guys like Jake Wood and Ray Oyler, have gotten the big hits when the opportunities were there. Other than Elston Howard, the Yankees have been held in check, especially when they had opportunities to score. Neither Mantle nor Maris has homered in the four games, and other potential stars like Berra, Blanchard, Pepitone, Skowron, or Tresh have not stepped up. Horace Clarke and Bobby Richardson are getting on base at a reasonable clip, but the boppers are not bopping. Also the pitching has been subpar.

    Maybe the game four win will spur them on a little.

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    Odalis Perez……Dead At The Tender Age of 44.

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    Ray Liotta……Dead At The Tender Age of 67

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