The Cardinals start the seasons second half in Pittsburgh to face the Pirates for three games. Then off to New York for four games against the Mets and finally three more in Chicago to face newly acquired Jose Quintana. Nearly every road-trip the Cardinals take in the second half will all be three cities. That will be a grind for any team chasing a possible playoff spot. Scheduling for the top three teams in the NL Central all have tough second half stretches. It will be pivotal for the Cardinals to continue playing well on this east coast trip.
Milwaukee faces the top two National League teams
Currently leading the division, the Brewers have to face Washington, Los Angeles, and Colorado on the road. Milwaukee faces the Nationals six times in the second half. The three city, west coast trip the Brewers take in August will be the clubs litmus test. It will be difficult to win series in Colorado, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The Giants are eliminated from contention, but Colorado and L.A. will be thick into the division race.
The Cubs open second half at Camden Yards
Chicago will put the new look rotation to a test while facing the Orioles in Baltimore. Camden Yards is just as much of a hitters paradise as Coors Field. The Orioles are tied for the third best home record in the American League. The Cubs will face Arizona six times in the second half with three of those on the road. The Diamondbacks currently have the second best home record in the N.L. In an odd schedule twist, the Cubs face the Brewers seven more times all of which will be in Milwaukee.
The Cardinals will face the Brewers eight more times, five of which will be in Milwaukee. St.Louis will face host the Brewers to end the season. The Cardinals – Cubs rivalry will be renewed 10 more times this season. Busch Stadium will host four of those games with the remaining games in Chicago. The complexion of all the series mentioned could change depending on each teams approach to the trade deadline. Chicago struck first by fortifying their pitching. Hopefully the Cardinals can make a move to fortify their place within the division.
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