Astros 93, Cardinals 91, Cubs 90

added 9/9/2001 by Steve Cutchen

With ten series remaining for the Astros, Cubs and Cardinals, each had five home and home series left. As these series go by, I'm comparing the results against my prediction for what would be needed for a 3-way tie at 92 wins at season's end. This Knuckleball shows the results through 4 of 10 series; Milwaukee at Houston, predicted at 3-1 Houston, Atlanta at Chicago, predicted at 2-1 Chicago and Los Angeles at St. Louis, predicted at 2-1 St. Louis.

On Thursday, Houston was the only team in action, opening a 4 game series at home against the Brewers. Billy Wagner had a rare failure from the pen as the Brewers took the game 4-3 in 10 innings.

Houston evened the series with the Brew Crew on Friday as Wade Miller completed his 2001 dominance over the Milwaukee club. Winning 5-3, the Astros took their biggest lead of the year at 5-1/2 when the Cubs fell to Atlanta. Andruw Jones dropped a Crawford Boxesque fly ball into the Ivy Wall Basket with the help of a stiff outgoing breeze to lift the Braves 3-2. In St. Louis, Shawn Green broke Duke Snyder's Dodger season home run record with number 44, and then promptly broke it again with number 45. His two home run barrage led the Dodgers to a 7-1 victory over the Cards.

Chicago continued their woes at Wrigley on Saturday, falling to Tom Glavine and his teammates 5-3. But Houston gained no ground as they lost 7-2 behind the pitching of ex-Cub Quevedo. And Alan Benes helped St. Louis even their series with the Dodgers as he got his first win since July, 1997, as the Cards withstood a furious charge by LA against their bullpen 6-5

Finally, all three series ended on Sunday as Houston's Roy Oswalt notched his first complete game shut out, beating the Brewers 8-0. Houston knocked 8 of their 11 hits for extra bases, including three 2-run homers. Houston finished the series 2-2. The Braves completed the sweep of the Cubs at Wrigley with a 9-5 pasting, a feat they had not accomplished since April 1994. The Cubs have now lost 6 of their last 7. And in St. Louis the game was notable because Matt Morris did NOT get a win. Mother Nature got the better of him, forcing him out of the game through a rain delay before he could pitch enough innings to qualify for the W. Still, the Cards clobbered the Dodgers 8-1 to win the series 2-1.

Up next for the Cubs at Wrigley is Pittsburgh which should allow them to break their home losing streak. Say goodbye to Easy Street in H-Town as Houston now finishes its season against nothing but playoff hopefuls. The first is Barry Bonds and the Giants, who visit Enron for three. And the Cardinals head up for four with Milwaukee, beginning their last home and home with the Brew Crew. I predict the Cubs will go 3-1, the Cards will go 2-2 and Houston will go 1-2.

Below are the predictions and outcomes through the first 4 of the last 10 series.

That's my Knuckleball. Try to hit it.

ASTROS

Opponent
Prediction
Actual
+ / -
Cincinnati
2-1
3-0
+ 1
@ Milwaukee
2-1
2-1
+ 1
@ Cincinnati
1-2
2-1
+ 2
Milwaukee
3-1
2-2
+ 1
San Francisco
1-2

@ St. Louis
1-2

@ San Francisco
1-2

Chicago
2-1

St. Louis
2-1

@ Chicago
2-2

Cubs

Opponent
Prediction
Actual
+ / -
Florida
2-1
2-1
even
@ Atlanta
1-2
2-1
+ 1
@ Florida
2-1
1-2
even
Atlanta
2-1
0-3
- 2
Cincinnati
3-1

Pittsburgh
3-0

@ Cincinnati
2-1

@ Houston
1-2

@ Pittsburgh
2-1

Houston
2-2

Cardinals

Opponent
Prediction
Actual
+ / -
San Diego
3-0
2-1
- 1
@ Los Angeles
2-1
1-2
- 2
@ San Diego
2-1
3-0
- 1
Los Angeles
2-1
2-1
- 1
@ Milwaukee
2-2

Houston
2-1

Milwaukee
3-0

@ Pittsburgh
2-2

@ Houston
1-2

Pittsburgh
3-0

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