The ECF is a theory in development. The Houston Astros, with only one ex-Cub compared to the Cardinals’ three, seemed to have a decisive advantage going into last night’s game.
Obviously, the ECF failed to predict the winner as the Cards won 5-2 to advance to the World Series against Boston.
Maybe the key to understanding the Ex-Cub Factor is not how many ex-Cubs are on a team, but the accumulated time which those players actually served in a Cubs uniform.
On that basis, Jose Vizcaino, who was the Cubs’ regular shortstop in ’93, and a utility player for two seasons before that, was more than enough to offset the Cards’ Tony Womack, Ray King, and Julian Tavarez, none of whom played at Wrigley for more than a year.
Therefore we can predict that the two Red Sox who formerly played for the Cubs–Bill Mueller and Mark Bellhorn, both everyday players during their time with the Cubs–will doom the Sox to yet another World Series defeat.