Don’t look now, the Cardinals are reeling. They’ve dropped four straight, losing Sunday against Milwaukee, then were swept right out of Chavez Ravine 3-0 by the Dodgers. The streak puts St. Louis 1.5 games back of Cincinnati, who’s also come back to earth in the last week.
Meanwhile, our Cubs, 7.5 games out, have lost 7 of 10 as part of its 2-7 road trip through the division’s cellar, which, was a measuring-stick trip for Chicago. Beat the bottom feeders and you’re back in the hunt. Lose, as they did, and well, just be thankful the Reds and Cards haven’t shut the door completely.
Despite the recent setbacks, however, Cincinnati and St. Louis are roughly on pace to win 90 games….the Cubs just 75. This means Chicago must conquer the unlikely task of going 63-39 in the season’s final 102 games to compete. That’s a .617 winning percentage for a club currently playing below .500, and mighty rough water to navigate through the final 3 1/2 months.
The stress signal has gone out…is it time to abandon ship?