The National League Central has been an absolute dogfight from the beginning of the season until now. The St. Louis Cardinals have battled the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates all the while. For a bit the Reds faded but at the end of the season all three teams are there together. It would be very interesting for a technicality to decide the winner of this race for the ages but the schedule of the three teams is likely to be a key factor.
As far as the Cardinals are concerned, everything looks fine. The best team they face from here on out will be the Washington Nationals who really should not give them a ton of trouble. Other than them the Cards face the remaining games in the Colorado Rockies’ series, the Milwaukee Brewers and end things against the Chicago Cubs. All of those teams are teams that the Cardinals should be able to beat when they need to; and they do.
The best news about the schedule for the Cardinals doesn’t pertain to schedule at all. Somehow the Reds and Pirates play each other in two of the final three series to end the season. Because one team is not likely to sweep the tough fought series between those teams, the Cardinals just have to win their games during that time and they are guaranteed to gain on whomever losses between the two of them.
At the end of it all, the Cards should be handed the Central on a silver platter while the Reds and Pirates will fight it out for nothing since they’ll have to play each other yet again in the wildcard game to see who gets to play. Who made this schedule anyway?