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NLDS Preview and Prediction: Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Historic NL Central rivals meet for the first time ever in the postseason
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NLDS Preview and Prediction: Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals

No matter what Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon says, not even an episode of “The Sopranos” can match the drama that is preparing to unfold in the upcoming National League Division Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and his Cubs.

 

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NL Wild Card Game Preview and Prediction: Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

NL aces face off for right to face Cardinals in NLDS
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NL Wild Card Game Preview and Prediction: Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

It's a shame that the Cubs and Pirates are only playing a one game, winner-take-all Wild Card matchup instead of the seven-game series this NL Central rivalry deserves. But make no mistake, this game is going to be must-watch television. 

 

Ahead of Schedule: Chicago Cubs Are Serious Contenders Right Now

Anthony Rizzo and the Cubs have one of the best records in all of MLB
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Ahead of Schedule: Chicago Cubs Are Serious Contenders Right Now

Eyes of the collective Chicago media were surely rolling inside The Cubby Bear, Wrigleyville’s most popular bar, when new Cubs manager Joe Maddon proclaimed, “In my mind’s eye I’m going to be talking playoffs this year,” at his introductory press conference.

 

Brandon Phillips Dazzles with Behind the Back Toss

The play helped preserve a one run lead for the Reds.

Not much has been going right for the Cincinnati Reds this season, but Brandon Phillips may have made one of the top plays of the season. With men on first and second down by one, the Cubs’ Jorge Soler hit a tough grounder right up the middle that could’ve tied up the game. However, Phillips raced to the ball, slid to the ground, and flipped the ball behind his back to the bare-hand of shortstop Eugenio Suarez. Suarez then stepped on the bag to end the inning.

 

St. Louis Cardinals Mt. Rushmore (Franchise Four)

Six strong candidates, but only four allowed on the mountain
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<p> The Mt. Rushmore for the team nearest and dearest to my heart also proves to be the most difficult for me to select. There are six strong candidates — five Hall of Famers and one who will be — and a handful of others who would make most teams’ mountains. Stan the Man Musial is the No. 1 name on all Cardinals fans’ lists. After that, it becomes a tough choice.</p>

Major League Baseball is promoting an effort to identify the best four players in each team’s history with their "Franchise Four." We selected our choices for Mt. Rushmores a few years ago. Here are updated versions for all 30 teams. Who are the four baseball players that have risen above all others for each organization? The question sounds simple, right? Not so fast. Let the arguments begin.

 

Milwaukee Brewers Mt. Rushmore (Franchise Four)

Yount and Molitor, Then Who?
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<p> After one disastrous year in Seattle, the Pilots became the Milwaukee Brewers in 1970. From the American League West to the AL East, to the AL Central to the National League Central, the Brew Crew has won two division titles. Two Hall of Famers — Robin Yount and Paul Molitor — are the faces of the franchise. Who else belongs on the Brewers' Mt. Rushmore?</p>

Major League Baseball is promoting an effort to identify the best four players in each team’s history with their "Franchise Four." We selected our choices for Mt. Rushmores a few years ago. Here are updated versions for all 30 teams. Who are the four baseball players that have risen above all others for each organization? The question sounds simple, right? Not so fast. Let the arguments begin.

Pirates Cap Incredible End to MLB First Half

In two straight games, the Pirates defeated the Cardinals in extra inning walkoff games.

The MLB season opened with the St. Louis Cardinals, and the first half of the season wrapped up with them. However, the past two games for the Cardinals have been heartbreakers, having faced their division rival Pirates. Both games have gone to extra innings, and both have ended in a Pirates come from behind walkoff victory.

 

St. Louis Cardinals Rookies Fetch Team Coffee

Before today's doubleheader, several rookies were forced to get coffee for the team.

When you’re a rookie in the MLB, there are unwritten rules that you must follow as part of a rites of passage. For the St. Louis Cardinals rookies, that means getting some coffee for the rest of your team. Several rookie relievers were overseen in their uniforms at a Starbucks across the street from Wrigley Field, where they are facing the Chicago Cubs.

 

Jon Lester Finally Gets First Career Hit

After 66 career at-bats, Jon Lester finally got the hit he was waiting for.

Everybody knows that pitchers don’t hit well. But Jon Lester really did not for his entire career up until last night. After going hitless in his previous 66 at-bats, Lester laced a single off of former teammate John Lackey. The grounder ricocheted off of him and slowly rolled towards the shortstop. However, Lester ran in easily to first base to collect his first hit in 270 career games.

 

Anthony Rizzo Avoids Tag With Impressive Move

When it seemed that Rizzo would easily be tagged out, he jumped from his slide to steal the base.

Stealing any base, especially third, is extremely difficult in the MLB because of the power and accuracy of catchers behind the plate. As Anthony Rizzo headed to third base on a steal attempt, Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki delivered a perfect throw to Daniel Murphy covering third base. In perfect position to tag Rizzo out, the Cubs star simply defied all odds, jumping out of his slide to avoid the tag.

 

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