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Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals Game 1 preview, Saturday 7/21, 12:05 CT

This game will almost certainly be better than the last one.

You’ve already read about all the weird history made in Friday’s game, and I’d rather focus here on the fact that despite the wacky loss Friday afternoon, the Cubs begin Saturday’s doubleheader still three games in first place in the N.L. Central. The Brewers lost to the Dodgers Friday night, their seventh straight loss. The Cubs still sport the best record in the National League, also three games better than the Dodgers.

Other notes:

  • The five-run fifth inning the Cubs had Thursday night was their 15th such inning this season, tops in the N.L. and third in the majors (Red Sox 17, Indians 16). For all of last season, the Cubs had 22 innings with five or more runs scored.
  • The Cubs drew seven walks Friday, increasing the season total to 374. That’s an average of 3.94 walks per game, which is a pace for 638. That would rank third in franchise history.
  • The five runs the Cubs scored Friday give them 490 for the season, which leads the National League and is an average of 5.16 runs per game. That’s a pace for 836 runs for the …Read the Rest

    Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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