It's a good thing that both teams can't lose when the St. Louis Cardinals play the Milwaukee Brewers seven times over the last month of the season.
Because neither team seems to be particularly interested in taking control of the National League Central Division. At least the head to head games will force some sort of resolution to their awkward battle.
The Redbirds are extremely fortunate that while they have been putting up a 4-6 record over their last 10 games the Brew Crew has managed to somehow go 3-7. The bad news is that the Pittsburgh Pirates, a couple of weeks ago left for dead, have pulled to within one game of the Cardinals (and two behind the Brewers) while the San Francisco Giants, at the expense of Milwaukee, have passed St. Louis in the wild card race.
If they could have managed to play 6-4 baseball, not an unreasonable expectation when two of their last three series have been against the last place Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs, the Cardinals could have passed the Brewers for first place and had the home wild card spot in their back pocket. They'd also have a reasonable cushion against the Bucs.
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The Cardinals need to stop looking to other teams for help and make some headway themselves if they are going to have a chance not only to make the post season but to have some success in it.
I have heard that in the playoffs the teams usually have pretty good pitching and a winning record. So, unless the Birds can get it together, figure out how to score some runs and quit shooting themselves in the foot, what's the point?
My mind is still boggles my mind how the Cardinals, who look so much better on paper than their divisional foes with nearly the exact same team that went to the World Series last year, can have a team-wide slump that lasts the entire season.
I keep hoping this club will wake up and find its true potential. But time for that is running desperately short.