The Cardinals took care of their business Sunday. But the Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs in Pittsburgh, so the National League Central race remains in a tie.
But the news isn't all mediocre. The Milwaukee Brewers stormed back from a big deficit to win their game with the Cincinnati and the Atlanta Braves lost for the sixth time in 10 games to fall 3 1/2 games back in in the division race.
I wish the Cardinals would have found their bats a little bit earlier in the series. A sweep would have obviously given them sole possession of first. But it would have made me feel a little bit better about the offense heading into what could be a tough series in Colorado against the Rockies.
Colorado is 68-81 overall. But the Rockies are 41-31 at home while posting a 27-50 record on the road. So they're nothing to be trifled with at home. Meanwhile the Cardinals, 47-27 at home, are only 39-35 on the road.
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Lance Lynn, the starter of the first game of the Colorado series, is 8-3 with a 3.00 ERA in St. Louis. But away from Busch Stadium he is 5-7 with a 5.59 ERA.
While the Cardinals battle the Rockies, the Pirates play a four-game set against San Diego in Pittsburgh. Then the Bucs host the Reds for three before going to Chicago.
The Cardinals have to be very careful that they don't stumble on the road and let Pittsburgh get ahead. If so, there is only going to be one week left in the season to catch the Pirates. And the Redbirds will put themselves in the danger of playing in the wildcard play-in game.