The Cardinals clinched a series win against the Braves Saturday, returning the rude treatment Atlanta gave them a couple of weeks ago.
But, better yet, the San Francisco Giants dealt Pittsburgh a loss. So the Redbirds have caught the Pirates in the standings. After a couple of weeks after the All-Star Game seemingly lost in the woods, the Birds could return to having the best record in the Major League Baseball (at least a tie with the Braves and potentially the Pirates, Dodgers and Tigers) if they can complete the four-game sweep over Atlanta.
The win Saturday put the Cardinals in first for the 83rd day of the 2013 season.
The Cincinnati Reds kept pace with a win over the sad sack Milwaukee Brewers Saturday and are 2 1/2 games behind the Cardinals on the eve of their three-game set with the Cardinals. So, while St. Louis has accomplished a lot with eight wins in its last 10 games, there's still a lot of work to be done if they hope to win the National League Central crown.
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Not to look past Atlanta, but the Cardinals have owned the Reds this season with an 8-4 record against Cincinnati. They've out-scored Cincinnati 79-42.