Following a loss to the Milwaukee Brewers during the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecast, it is up to the St. Louis Cardinals to set their own destiny this week.
The Cardinals are sitting on a 91-65 record this season with 6 games remaining this season. First up is a three-game series against the Washington Nationals. After an off day on Thursday, the Cardinals will host the Chicago Cubs for the final three games of the season.
The Cardinals have already clinched a playoff berth but it’s a question of whether they win the division or compete in the Wild Card play-in game.
With the current postseason picture, the Cardinals will play the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series starting on October 3rd. Where things stand now, the Atlanta Braves will play the winner of the Wild Card game between the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates but that can and might change. While the Braves and Cardinals have clinched a berth, the Braves are sitting on a 92-63 record. They take on the Brewers and Phillies and very well could win the overall home-field advantage in the National League postseason.
For the Cardinals, they decide their own destiny with a 2-game difference between them and both the Pirates and Reds. It helps that the Pirates and Reds finish out the season with a 3-game series in Cincinnati with the potential for a fourth game.
It’s September. Everything counts.