The Chicago Cubs might look good on paper and may very well still turn out to be the team that runs the Central for the next decade, but for now they still remind me of that era in Michael Jordan‘s career when the Chicago Bulls couldn’t quite get past the Detroit Pistons. That team needed to learn how to get past the king of the mountain, as do the Cubs.
In Major League Baseball’s NL Central division, the St. Louis Cardinals are that king of the mountain. With a 51-24 record now, they have a .680 winning percentage and are the quickest team to 50 wins since the 2005 Chicago White Sox – a team that went on to win the World Series that year.
This weekend, they swept the Cubs in a 3-game series, pushing them what seems like an insurmountable 11.5 games back as we near the half-way point of the season.
Indeed, the post-season probability calculators now show the Cards with a 90.1% chance to win the division with the Pittsburgh Pirates at 5.1% and the Cubs at 4.8%. The Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers are flat-lined.
Yes, there are Wild Card spots up for grabs, but it still seems odd to look at that when the calendar is still reading June. We’re getting close to focusing on that, however…
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|St. Louis Cardinals||51||24||–||W6|
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|29-48||BREWERS||Nelson (4-8, 4.34)|
|27-50||Phillies||O’Sullivan (1-5, 5.34)|
|6:05 PM CT|
|40-35||Twins||Pelfrey (5-4, 3.06)|
|34-40||REDS||Leake (5-4, 3.91)|
|6:10 PM CT|
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National League Ranks