Perhaps a bittersweet moment last night for Cardinals fans, watching Albert Pujols collect the 3,000th hit of his major league career in an Angels uniform, but that was all forgotten today. It has been a four-team race in the NL Central to start the 2018 season — shout out to the Pirates, who everyone thought would be a dumpster fire after trading Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole this past winter — between the Cardinals, Brewers, Pirates and Cubs. Just two and a half games separate those four clubs.
Going into the weekend, it was the Brewers atop the division with the Cardinals a half-game behind them, and the Cubs a half-game behind the Cardinals. St. Louis was down by a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth and tied it on two-run double by Marcell Ozuna to set the stage for Kolten Wong in the bottom of the tenth, who ended it with a two-run bomb.
After today’s walk-off win in St. Louis against the Cubs, it is the Cardinals alone in first place, the Brewers a game out, and the PIRATES have leapfrogged Chicago by a half game with the Cubs dropping down to fourth for the time being. The Brewers and Pirates go head-to-head tonight in Milwaukee, so there will be even more NL Central shifting before the night is through, but St. Louis has won four straight and stake claim to the best run differential (+30) in the division. Should be an interesting summer in the NL Central.