Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

MLB 2012 Game #10: Cardinals vs. Cubs

While today's game has absolutely no meaning for the Chicago Cubs, the Milwaukee Brewers will be rooting them on. Despite inching ever closer to the 100 loss mark for only the third time in franchise history, the Cubs could play the role of spoiler in the National League wild card race. Currently, the St. Louis Cardinals possess the second of two wild card spots. The Atlanta Braves have the first and could potentially host a one-game playoff between the two teams. The Brewers trail the Cardinals by two-and-a-half games, and the Los Angeles Dodgers trail by three.

For the final regular season game between the two long-standing rivals, the Cardinals will send Kyle Lohse (15-3, 2.71 ERA) to the mound. The Cubs will answer with Travis Wood (2-8, 6.17 ERA).

The 2012 Cubs are now tied with Charlie Grimm's 1949 team for the 12th worst season in franchise history. With a loss today, the team will be tied for 11th place with the 1956, 1960 and 1997 teams.

Since the NL Central race is wrapped up, here are the standing for the two NL wild card spots (just the teams still mathematically eligible).

Atlanta Braves 87-65 .572 +6.0
St. Louis Cardinals 81-71 .533 ---
Milwaukee Brewers 78-73 .517 2.5
Los Angeles Dodgers 78-74 .513 3.0
Philadelphia Phillies 77-75 .507 4.0
Arizona Diamondbacks 76-75 .503 4.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 74-77 .490 6.5
San Diego Padres 72-80 .474 9.0

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