As National League Central Division rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers play frequently. In fact, it is almost one-tenth of the season – 15 times in 2012. That does not include the possibility of the post-season, where the two clubs met in last year’s Championship Series.
Their Triple-A clubs, the Memphis Redbirds and Nashville Sounds, also compete in the same division as each other, the American Northern Division of the Pacific Coast League. They are even more familiar with the other club than are their parents with each other. The PCL rivals meet 16 times this year – on a 144-game schedule.
In a move acknowledging and celebrating the cross-state rivalry, the two Tennessee competitors have created an I-40 Cup Series to commemorate their season results.
The winning club in the season-long series will take possession of the two-foot tall I-40 Cup and possess bragging rights for the next 12 months. Charity wins either way, as the loser of the series will donate 25 tickets to the winner’s charity of choice.
Nashville leads the all-time record between the two clubs with a 124-102 record, though Memphis has held the upper hand recently. The Redbirds won lost the first series of the season this past week, two games to one, but triumphed over the Sounds with a 10-6 head-to-head record in 2011.