The Chicago Cubs 2021 season is a lost cause in the grand scheme of things, but it doesn’t completely have to be that way when it comes to beating up on the Cardinals. As of July 20, following a ferocious ninth-inning comeback, the Cubs have taken seven out of ten games against St. Louis, so at least us Cubs fans still have that. Amidst the Cubs downfall and a flurry of trade rumors, the North Siders have been able to put it together against their most important rival.
Let’s not forget that the Cardinals had legitimate expectations and aspirations for 2021 but have underperformed to this point in the season. Even after an 11-game losing streak in late June and early July, the Cubs still have the same record as the Cardinals. St. Louis is in quite a peculiar position compared to the Cubs considering they traded for top-tier third baseman Nolan Arenado ahead of this season and are just three years removed from trading for another highly touted player in Paul Goldschmidt. While the Cardinals were able to acquire both players at a relatively low cost, the expectations for them were much higher than what the results have been to this point.
The Cubs on the other hand are headed in a different direction. As I’ve written about before, I am having a hard time giving up on each Cubs game mattering, but it is a harsh reality at this point. Cubs fans must move on to looking forward to the future, which is getting easier by the day as top prospects turn in strong performances.
Even though the remainder of the Cubs 2021 schedule doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, beating the Cardinals is still a point of organizational pride. The Cubs’ biggest rival had NL Central division champion aspirations in 2021, yet they are sitting in the same spot as the Cubs without having much of a plan for the future.
Including Tuesday night, the Cubs have two HUGE signature moments against the Cardinals in 2021: Ryan Tepera getting out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in late May and most recently the six-run ninth-inning comeback.
The two teams will meet nine more times in 2021. If the Cubs can continue their winning ways against St. Louis for the rest of the season, at least the North Side faithful can enjoy that bit of satisfaction in this lost season that is 2021.