Dan and John talk about the last three games of the season as the Cardinals fight for their playoff life. The Cards are down one game for the last Wild Card spot as they host the Pirates for three games. The Cubs, meanwhile, play a meaningless series against the Reds in preparation for the NLDS starting in a week.
Dan and John talk about the Cardinals last week and whether they can somehow overcome their erratic nature and make the playoffs. There still is a decent shot the Cards would face the Cubs in the NLDS. For the Cubs, it's a relaxing week getting things organized for the playoffs.
Dan and John talk about a happy week for Cubs fans. The team clinched the NL Central while their hated rivals, the Cardinals, stumble out of the Wild Card spot and are teetering on the edge of oblivion this season. Will the Cardinals right the ship in time? How will the Cubs manage the final weeks of the season? Are the Cubs a lock for the World Series?
Dan and John ponder whether we are headed toward another Cards-Cubs NLDS showdown. The Cubs will be there and the Cardinals are far from certain to even make the playoffs. But it is fun to imagine another titanic I-55 confrontation.
Dan and John do a shortened edition due to time constraints and zero in on some startling starting pitching statistics. The stats say the Cardinals and Cubs starting pitching in a vacuum performed nearly evenly throughout the season but that the Cubs dramatic edge in defense has made an enormous difference in ERAs.