Thursday, July 19, 2012

Cards Gain No Ground

The Cardinals flew to Milwaukee with high hopes. They had a three game stint against the Brewers, who are currently 4th in the NL Central. At the same point, the division leading Cincinnati Reds hosted the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Pittsburgh Pirates visited the Colorado Rockies. The Reds' series is a 4-game set, which will finish up tomorrow. The Pirates-a three game series.

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.

With a series against the Chicago Chubs Cubs this weekend, the Cardinals hope to gain some ground. The Cubs currently have a 36-53 record. They are 9.5 games back of the Red Birds. Let's hope the Cardinals can take charge and sweep their rivals. The Reds host the Brewers this weekend and the Pirates host the Miami Marlins. We'll see how the standings look at the beginning of next week.

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