Apropos of nothing: If the Cubs were in the NL West today, they would be tied for first place.
But they're not.
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You all know what's at stake here: Greg Maddux' streak of 15-win seasons. Win today, and have a final shot at it on the last day of the season, a game which could be very meaningful for the Astros.
These two met on July 16 at Wrigley Field, Maddux throwing a nice game (8 IP, 3 ER), but the kid outdueled the master, and the Pirates won 3-0.
That was one of only three games the Pirates have won against the Cubs in 14 tries this year; one of the others was another Maddux start on April 23, one of the famous two-out Hawkins blown-save specials.
The Cubs ought to sweep this baby two-game series, and enter the final weekend at .500.
And yes, I want that very much.
Discuss amongst yourselves.