Reason # 30 to be excited for the season: In 2016, the best rivalry in Baseball rests between St. Louis and Chicago
When you think of the recent biggest baseball rivalries you think of Yankees Red Sox, Mets Phillies, Giants Dodgers and even Cubs and White Sox but in 2016, a different rivalry will rule baseball. The notorious Yankees Red Sox rivalry isn’t as exciting as it was when Bucky Dent hit his historic home run win the one game playoff for the AL east in 1978 or when Jason Varitek and Alex Rodriguez started a bench clearing brawl in 2004. Phillies and White Sox haven’t been relevant in recent years and the Giants Dodgers rivalry isn’t as exciting as it once was.
This rivalry goes back to 1964 when the famous Brock for Broglio trade occurred. In a 6 player block buster deal, the St Louis Cardinals got future Hall of Famer Lou Brock while the Chicago Cubs got the short end of the stick with Ernie Broglio who had a promising career at that point, but went on to have a mediocre one. In 2015, this rivalry was rejuvenated when the Chicago Cubs surprised the league by making it to the wildcard game and ultimately made it to the NLCS before getting swept by the New York Mets. In the NLDS they played division rivals St Louis Cardinals where the Cubs won in 4 games.
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This last offseason, the Chicago Cubs bolstered their roster tremendously making them the team to beat in the MLB. They made the biggest splash this offseason by poaching former St. Louis Cardinals Jason Heyward and John Lackey. Needless to say, this rivalry is heated more now than ever. These teams know each other very well and will be competing against each other for a division title as well as a pennant. The Cubs will be trying their best to break the infamous Billy Goat curse while the Cardinals will try to prove everyone that they are still one of the top teams in baseball despite their lack of offseason signings.
The Cubs and the Cardinals will play each other 19 times this season and each game will feel like a playoff game. These two teams don’t like each other very much and are competing vigorously for a chance to represent the NL Central in the 2016 playoffs. Expect each game between them to be intense and sparks will be flying.
The Cubs Cardinals rivalry will definitely be an exciting one. With Chicago’s big bats and St. Louis’s strong pitching there will be some very intense games. Their head to head games will be very crucial down the stretch when it comes playoff time. They will simply be fun watching.
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