Friday was a wild day at Wrigley Field. As Pat Hughes often says, most Cardinals-Cubs games are. The Cubs won 8-2, but that was mostly decided by a seven run 6th inning for the northsiders (thanks, Mike Matheny). The real drama came in the top of the 5th. With two outs and runners on first and second, Cubs starter John Lackey threw a 2-2 pitch to Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez that should have been strike three. Instead, umpire Jordan Baker called the pitch a ball and Martinez drilled a single on the next pitch, giving the Cards a 2-1 lead. Lackey and Cubs catcher Willson Contreras weren't happy.
The Cubs did not win that game, however. Down to their last strike, Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run go-ahead homer.
Baseball is here! And more importantly, that means the over/under game is back. It seems as though everyone is an expert this time of year. Somehow we convince ourselves that we are better at predicting baseball outcomes than everyone else. Well, AFITB is putting that to the test for the third year in a row. Think you know more about baseball than us? You probably do. But go ahead and prove it anyway.
Baseball is simply the best.
Can the playoffs get even better? Yes, if you play this game with us.
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