Coming into this series against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Chicago Cubs had already shown some signs of dominance, and I guess we’re being a bit humble with that understatement. But I guess we didn’t really expect Friday’s destruction of their opponent, even as we realized that the Cubs were more than capable of unleashing the fury. And make no mistake, with a split of this weekend now guaranteed, the Cubs did some major damage to their division rival in more ways than one.
Let’s start with the early onslaught against Adam Wainwright:
That was just a small helping of the overall aerial assault:
Of those homers, Matt Szczur, who has proven to be very useful in his limited playing time, had two pretty good ones:
As of now, the Cubs are 73-41, have pushed their National League Central lead to 14 games over the Cardinals, and dropped their magic number for clinching the division to 34. The 73 wins are the most in the majors, and a comfortable margin over every other team. The 13-2 margin of victory also means the Cubs now have scored 581 runs while giving up just 381, for an even +200 in run differential. That’s pretty good.
Not everyone got to keep a souvenir, though, as poor cameraman Dave couldn’t corral a foul ball:
Maybe next time!