Astros 94, Cardinals 93, Cubs 89

added 9/26/2001 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 7 of 10 series; St. Louis at Houston, predicted at 2-1 Houston and Chicago at Pittsburgh, predicted at 2-1 Chicago.

On Monday the Astros improbable hero Dave Mlicki beat Morris and the Cards 9-3. The Cubs, meanwhile, collapsed in late innings again, blowing a 4-0 lead to lose 7-6.

Tuesday brought cool weather and an open roof at Enron. It also brought Jim Joyce to the plate as umpire, dispensing what looked to be random guesses on every close pitch all night. Both side complained, but the Cards ended up on top 3-2. Woody Williams was masterful at exploiting Joyce's, ahem, strike zone. In Pittsburgh, the Bucs struck early and often to slam the Cubbies 13-1

Both series ended on Wednesday. Darryl Kile pitched great, shutting out the Astros through 7 innings. Mark McGwire homered twice and the Cards took the game 5-1 and the series 2-1. The Cubs finally beat the Pirates, by the score of 8-4, ensuring a winning season for 2001.

Up next for the Astros is a 4 game stretch at Wrigley as the Cubs stay home for the rest of the season. St. Louis gets to beat up on the Pirates at Busch. I predict the Cubs and Houston split 2-2, and the Cardinals sweep the Buckos 3-0

Below are the predictions and outcomes through the first 7 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
3-0
+ 3
Chicago
2-1
2-1
+ 3
St. Louis
2-1
1-2
+ 2
@ Chicago
2-2

San Francisco
1-2

@ St. Louis
1-2

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
2-1
2-1
- 2
@ Houston
1-2
1-2
- 2
@ Pittsburgh
2-1
1-2
- 3
Houston
2-2

Cincinnati
3-1

Pittsburgh
3-0

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
3-0
3-0
- 1
@ Pittsburgh
2-2
3-1
even
@ Houston
1-2
2-1
+ 1
Pittsburgh
3-0

@ Milwaukee
2-2

Houston
2-1

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