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SI’s Tom Verducci: Cardinals, Cubs “A Real Rivalry Now”

Sports Illustrated senior writer and MLB Network correspondent Tom Verducci joined The Ryan Kelley Morning After on Wednesday to discuss a variety of Cardinals topics.

Read excerpts and listen to the whole thing below:

On the Cubs, Cardinals and the NL Central:

“It’s a real rivalry now. Last September…Joe Maddon had been saying since Opening Day that you had to get through St.Louis to be a force in the Central. I think you saw a more mature Cubs team by the time you got to the end of the season.”

“I think it’s going to be a great race. I would definitely lean towards the Cubs, but I can’t say they’re leaps and bounds better than the Cardinals. They’re both in that 95-win window. It’s a real rivalry now. We’re there now.”

Verducci discussed several more Cardinals topics, including the emergence of Randal Grichuk as a potential superstar.

Here’s the complete segment:

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