Right after the Red Sox and Yankees played on Sunday Night Baseball, we get another rivalry when the Chicago Cubs visit the St. Louis Cardinals for a three game series. These two have the same record at 46-47 a series out of the All-Star break but the narrative surrounding both teams is very different. Let's start with the Cubbies. Things were looking great when they threw a combined no-hitter against one of the best clubs in baseball the Los Angeles Dodgers. If anything, LA should have tanked after that blow but they blew up and are only one game behind the Giants in the NL West.
What TV Channel is Monday Night Baseball: Cubs-Cardinals on?
Cubs-Cardinals Monday Night Baseball will be shown on ESPN at 7:00 p.m. ET. You can live stream MLB games on fuboTV.
How to Watch Cubs-Cardinals
When: Monday, July 19 Where: Busch Stadium - St. Louis, MO Time: 8:00 p.m. ET TV: ESPN Live Stream: fuboTV (watch MLB free with fuboTV)
The Cubs were 42-33 after that no-no and were in the thick of it for the lead of the NL Central. Then they proceeded to lose 11 games in a row and have only won four games since. Everything surrounding this club says they are sellers before the July 30 trade deadline. They only fueled that speculation by trading Joc Pederson to the Atlanta Braves. He wasn't tearing the cover off the ball hitting .237 but they only had him a couple of months after acquiring him in the offseason from the Dodgers. Besides, he reportedly brought a lot to the chemistry of the clubhouse so he will be missed by this club regardless.
Many rumors point to Kris Bryant and Craig Kimbrel being traded. It sounds crazy to ship away the 2016 World Series MVP but it seems like he's been on the trading block before he even made it to the majors as he was held back so the Cubs could get an extra year of service time out of him. He just made the NL All-Star team and he can play anywhere. He is going to demand a high return but there will still be plenty of suitors. Same with Kimbrel. There is always high demand for a reliever especially at his caliber at the end of the pen. He's bounced back in a big way with a 0.53 ERA after a rough two years. He is linked to going to the Phillies or Blue Jays.
As for the Cardinals, it's steady as they go. They just signed Nolan Arenado to a huge contract from the Rockies in the offseason so they may be content to try to turn this ship around with what they have. Matt Carpenter has not been himself this year slashing .175/.315/.300. They need more offensive help or maybe another arm at the back of the rotation. The Cardinals like the Cubs expected to contend at the top of this division after both made it to the playoffs last year.
Getting the best of their rivals may give them an extra boost before we get to the trade deadline. Today's projected starters Alec Mills for the Cubs and Jake Woodford for the Cardinals. Both their ERA's round up to 5.00 so maybe take the over in this one. We may see these team's bats come alive which we haven't seen much from either lately.