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Wins Becoming Crucial For Cardinals

Posted By Chaz Ingram On Aug 17 2011 @ 3:14 pm In St. Louis Cardinals | 3 Comments

 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 [1]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.

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