The final countdown

The final week of the Cardinals’ 2018 regular season schedule starts today. There are 6 games remaining in the schedule, and they’re all against National League Central rivals. The Cards play the Brewers starting tonight (9/24) through Wednesday.  After a day off on Thursday, the Cards travel to Chicago to finish out the regular season against the hated Cubbies. If the stormy weather predicted for tomorrow occurs, however, the game may be played on Thursday instead since both teams have the day off.

The Cards swept the Giants this weekend in dramatic fashion. On Saturday, Yadi hit a 2 run homer to tie the game in the 8th inning.  We got two innings of bonus baseball until Tyler O’Neill hit his first ever walk-off home run. The celebration that ensued included a shredding of O’Neill’s jersey, which showed off O’Neill’s magnificent physique. O Canada! Lady baseball fans all over the country had to look for ways to cool themselves off after seeing that, myself included. Miles Mikolas pitched a masterful game on Sunday – he didn’t give up a single walk. Miles has to be in consideration for the NL Cy Young award. He is one of John Mozeliak’s best acquisitions.

The four finalists for the wild card slots have very similar records, which could make for a very interesting finish to the season. Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com did the math and outlined the various scenarios, and you can read that article here.  Tickets for a possible tiebreaker game on October 1 go on sale tomorrow morning at 10 AM Central Standard Time for only $10 each, and you can get tickets at cardinals.com or call (314) 345-9000.  You can also go to either one of those sources for NLDS series and wild-card game tickets as well.

Hopefully, Kolten Wong’s balking hamstrings will be better soon and he’ll be able to play again. Yairo Munez has a hot bat, but his defense is lacking.  Harrison Bader is a great player, but he can’t cover the middle outfield and the middle infield.

I’m excited for this final week of the regular season for the first time in a couple years, mostly because the playoffs are a possibility.  The son and I are attending Wednesday evening’s game since it’s the last home game of the regular season.  I would love to see the Cards win all 6 games, but I know that’s probably not possible.  What I would really love to see, however, is the Cubs choking and the Cards win the division.  A girl can dream, can’t she?

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

 

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