So here we are, Game 162.
National League Central: not yet clinched. The opportunity was there for the Cardinals to do so last night, following the Reds walk-off grand slam victory over the Pirates yesterday afternoon. Yet Mark Trumbo’s three-run homer that gave the Diamondbacks a 5-2 lead over the Cards in the seventh inning last night was the difference in the game.
It’s down to today’s regular season finale now.
Do we root for Johnny Cueto, who’s starting this afternoon against the Pirates and going for win No. 20, in the game that begins at 12:10 p.m. Central Time?
Or do we, as we’ve done since 2010 anyway, ignore and/or wish the worst for Johnny Cueto because he is Johnny Cueto and just know that Adam Wainwright will get the job done anyway when the Cardinals take on the Diamondbacks at 3:10 p.m. Central Time?
As long as the Cardinals end the day with a champagne celebration, does it really matter how they get there today?
We want the Central championship — period.
Get it done, Cardinals.