Realizing that their next 13 games would be against sub .500 teams the St. Louis Cardinals entered their three game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates with a glimmer of hope that they would put themselves back in positioin to seize control of the NL Central. Next up after Pittsburgh are the Milwaukee Brewers at the end of August. However, after losing the first two games at PNC Park the Cardinals absorbed a major blow to their chances of winning the division. To make matters worse the Milwaukee Brewers continued their winning streak by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers. Milwaukee’s lead on the Cardinals has expanded to 7 games. While this race is far from over (39 games remaining for both teams) every game now becomes a must win for the Redbirds who can only hope that the Brewers don’t’ continue their dominant play.
With the exception of the Brewers the Cardinals’ other division foes are all below the .500 mark. Only 7 of their remaining games are against teams outside the NL Central. So, now would be the time to feast on inferior opponents and gain some valuable ground on the Brew Crew. No problem, right? Well, not exactly.What might appear to be a walk in the park could prove a minefield. St. Louis currently has a divisional record of 27-25 against these same sub .500 teams. The Brewers on the other hand are 37-19 and bullying their way through the division. This season is showing some resemblance to last season’s divisional record when the Cardinals went 39-39 in the division while the Cincinnati Reds went 48-30 and moved on to post season play.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are coming off an 0-7 home stand and for all intents and purposes are out of the NL Central race. Despite that reality, the Cardinals are 3-5 against Pittsburgh while the Brewers are 8-0. The difference in the teams record against the lowly Bucs may very well define the gap between St. Louis and Milwaukee at the end of the season.
About the Author
Written by Chaz Ingram
During his lengthy career Chaz has worked in various areas of the media. As an actor he has appeared on such shows as "Less Than Perfect" "CSI New York" and "Outlaw". He's performed on stage in such plays as "West Side Story", "The Wiz" "Oliver" and "Sugar". He has also landed roles in several commercials most notably as a reporter for "NFL Legends" and as a model for Ameriquest Mortgage. Chaz's extensive background in the broadcast industry has given him invaluable experience in several areas of the business. His work as an assignment desk intern as well as in the news and sports departments at the local ABC and NBC TV stations in St. Louis, MO has given him experence on various levels of news production. Chaz is a former host of of his own radio show "The Spirit of Chaz", where he was also writer and producer at KXEN in St. Louis. As a Marketing Consultant at KSDK-TV (NBC) Chaz was a major contributor to the station's #1 position in overall sales in the St. Louis market. At KEZK radio he was awarded "rookie of the year" for his achievements in sales. The St. Louis Business Journal recognized Chaz as one of their "40 Under 40" awardees for his work in the community with youth. Additionally, St. Louis public Schools recognized him as "Role Model of the Year" in 1995 & 1996. He is the recipient of the 1989 edition of "Outstanding Young Men of America". Chaz currently resides in Los Angeles where he owns Nicolexis Inspirations a motivational and life coach company.