The Reds dropped two of their three contests with Arizon, while the Pirates went 2-1 against the Rockies. A sweep for the Cardinals would put them 2.5 games back of both Pitt and Cincy, as the two are tied with a 51-40 record.
Alas, the Cardinals dropped two games in Milwaukee. Thankfully, they lost no ground to the Reds, and the Pirates failed to sweep the Rockies, so St. Louis remains 4.5 games back of the NL Central lead. Were the playoffs to start today, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati would play a tiebreak for the division title, and the other would hold the top Wild Card spot. The Atlanta Braves would hold the second Wild Card. The Cardinals, therefore, are 3.5 games back of the wild card.
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