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Advantage: Cubs

I’ve resisted writing much about the Cubs so far this year. It is, after all, only June.

However, it looks as though the Cubs have forgotten about the annual June Swoon; they’ve won nine of their last ten after beating the Cards last night, 5-4. Despite playing long stretches this spring without Mark Prior, Kerry Wood, and Sammy Sosa, the Cubs are now just one game behind the Cardinals in the NL Central.

Last night’s game was typical of this great rivalry. The Cards jumped to an early lead; the Cubs pecked away and tied it in the top of the 7th, only to give it up in the bottom of the inning. Then in the 8th, just moments after Cardinals’ announcer Al Hrabosky said the Cards’ bullpen would be the difference in the game, Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run double off the Cardinals’ closer, Jason Isringhausen.

Hrabosky was right, just not in the way he thought.

It should be a good day at work. I’m the token Cub fan in an office full of born and raised St. Louisans.

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