Astros 93, Cardinals 93, Cubs 90

added 9/30/2001 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 8 of 10 series; Houston at Chicago, predicted at 2-2 and Pittsburgh at St. Louis, predicted at 3-0 St. Louis.

St. Louis indeed did sweep the hapless Pirates. With a healthy and strong rotation to match their offense, the Cards continue to play the best baseball in the National League.

And Houston looked good in the opening game of what was their season finale at Wrigley, beating the Cubs 6-5, when Sammy's 59th home run was not enough.

In game two of the series, Roy Oswalt made his return following the groin strain he suffered in San Francisco. He was not healed, though. He left after three with an aggravation of the injury and after giving up 4 runs. Cubs win, 6-2.

Game three of the series saw McGriff, Rondell White and Todd Hundley homering in the first not just back to back to back, but on three successive pitches from Dave Mlicki. The Astros didn't threaten on the board after that, falling again 6-2.

In the last game between the Cubs and Astros this season, the Astros looked to be in fine shape. They fought for a 6-3 lead after seven turns at bat, and turned the game over to the usually reliable bullpen. And the bully indeed held the Cubs to only 2 hits over the last three innings. But mix in 6 walks and the Cubs had the making of a comeback, beating the Astros 7-6 to take the series 3-1

In the penultimate series of the year, the Astros get the Giants and the Barry Bonds circus at Enron. My prediction is Houston takes only 1 of 2. St. Louis travels to Milwaukee and I have them also predicted at 1-2. The Cubs host the Reds, and are predicted to win that series 2-1.

Below are the predictions and outcomes through the first 8 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
1-3
+ 1
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
3-1
- 2
Cincinnati
2-1

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
3-0
+ 1
@ Milwaukee
1-2

Houston
2-1

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