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Cubs and Cardinals: By the numbers

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One of the most storied rivalries in Major League Baseball will start a new chapter Friday night when the Chicago Cubs take on the St. Louis Cardinals for the first time in the post season. 

Baseball is a game of numbers; batting averages, runs batted in, earned run averages, wins above replacement. These are just a few of the statistics used to measure a team's success. They all play a part in the only number that really matter: Wins. 

This season the Cubs and Cardinals boasted two of the best records in baseball. The Redbirds ended the season 100-62, winning the National League Central Division Title.

The Cubs went 97-65, finishing third in the division and securing a wild card playoff berth. 

Both franchises have been a part of MLB since the beginning. If history means anything, St. Louis has the clear edge. 

St. Louis Cardinals                                                                 Chicago Cubs

           11                          World Series Championships                       2

           19                            National League Pennants                        10

           10                             NL Central Division Titles                          3

           28                                Playoff Appearances                            17

When it comes to the 2015 season the numbers are less skewed toward St. Louis. 

In 19 meetings between the two teams this year the Cardinals won 11 times. The Cubs came out on top 8 times, including taking 4 out of 6 games in the month of September. 

During this year's meetings, the Redbirds scored 84 runs while the Cubs crossed the plate 79 times. 

(Statistic source: Baseball-reference.com.)

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