The St. Louis Cardinals have clinch the NL Central for the first time since 2009 by beating the Chicago Cubs 7-0 in St. Louis.
The Cardinals jumped on the Cubs early in the 1st inning with 3 runs and never let up. David Freese and Matt Holliday added solo home runs in the game as well. Lance Lynn shut the door early and often, going 6 innings and allowing only 4 hits. The Chicago Cubs just can not find any starting pitching and the trend of giving up early runs continued with Travis Wood. Wood could only pitch 1 inning but gave up 3 earned runs. The Cubs were able to get 7 hits but were never able to drive any of the 8 baserunners home.
The Cardinals have 2 more games in the regular season. The Cardinals will have home field advantage in the NL Division Series if the season ended today. Right now, the Cardinals are tied with the Atlanta Braves for the best record in the National League. The Braves are facing off against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Braves have the tiebreaker and likely won’t give that up. So the Cardinals will likely play the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Division series. It’s getting closer to October, can you feel it?