3. The Cubs must be vigilant on the base paths.
One of the key matchups that isn’t getting as much attention as perhaps it should is between two of the better defensive catchers in the league: Yadier Molina and David Ross. While neither the Cubs nor the Cardinals are built on speed, that isn’t to say neither team doesn’t have speedsters. For the Cubs, Montero’s throwing abilities will be tested by Cardinals second baseman, Kolten Wong, and outfielder, Jason Heyward.
For the Cardinals, Yadier Molina will have the task of keeping Dexter Fowler and Arismendy Alcantara at bay. Games are won and lost on the base paths, and if the Cubs can stay vigilant and win the battle on the base paths, they stand a good chance of winning the game.