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Cubs Vs. Cards Rivalry Starts a New Chapter

July 26th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
By Tim Duxbury

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If any of you needed another reason to hate the St. Louis Cardinals, today is your lucky day. After being outslugged by the Chicago Cubs yesterday the Cardinals went out and signed catcher A.J. Pierzynski. It has been a while since A.J. was the most hated man on the North side of the city but now that he is back we can pick up right where we left off. Perhaps a little “chin music” would have been the proper welcome back to Wrigley Field.

Pierzynski joins the Cardinals for game two of this three game series, which started about an hour ago. The Cubs slugged their way to a victory in a back and forth game yesterday getting home runs from Ryan Sweeney, Travis Wood and a go-ahead bomb in the seventh from Luis Valbuena. Seeing solid contributions from players not named Anthony Rizzo (who was 1-3 by the way) is a great sign for the Cubs who have been struggling mightily on offense over the last few weeks. 

Travis Wood’s performance was also noteworthy.  Aside from going 1-2 with his third home run of the year, Wood pitched a very solid game. Prior to yesterday’s start Wood had seen his ERA rise in each of his last five starts and had walked three or more hitters in eight of his last nine starts. Yesterday Wood only allowed two earned runs in five innings of work and surrendered just one walk. After a career year last year, in which he posted a WAR of 4.4 according to baseball-reference.com, the Cubs’ expectations of him have gone largely unmet thus far in 2014. However, yesterday’s start could be just what Travis Wood needs to turn the page on his past struggles.

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Tags: A.J. Pierzynski, Baseball, Chicago, Chicago Cubs, Cubs, Luis Valbuena, MLB, Ryan Sweeney, St. Louis Cardinals, Travis Wood, wrigley field

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