I kind of can't believe I'm about to say this, but even though the game is tied in the bottom of the ninth, the Cubs are playing better baseball than the Cards right now.
The Cards just look listless. They're not charging the ball, they're not keeping counts in pitchers' favor when they most need to, they're just not all there. These are supposed to be their great rivals, they've only won one game at Wrigley all year, and they've got the Reds nipping at their heels for the division title. This is exactly the time when they should be laying it all out the most, and they're just not. If they continue to play like this and the Reds can't catch them, it'll be a little disgraceful. Yes, it's tied, but in my opinion the Cubs are running circles around them on pitching and defense.
I know the Cards have lost a lot of their most crucial players to injury and have had pitching problems all year, and this must be a blow to their morale. but frankly they don't look very interested in playing good baseball. They don't look like a bad team, but this is not the same team I've seen the last few years.
The announcers referenced this a bit earlier...said that with the way they've been playing, they're lucky that they've managed to stay in first all year
. Even with this mistake, though, they went on to compliment the Reds, Krivksy, Narron, and the way the team is playing.