I LOVE September baseball!

It’s coming down to the wire. A little over a month of baseball left with no off days. The Cardinals are in third place, 1/2 game behind the Brewers and 2 games behind the Cubs. The performance of all three fo these teams over the next moth will determine who the division champ is, as this is clearly still up for grabs.

And the Cardinals are not the only ones feeling the excitement of catching up. New York has now taken 2 straight from Boston to pull them back within 6 games behind the Sox and are currently leading 2-0 in today’s game. The Phils have taken 3 straight from the Mets and now only sit 3 games behind them and are also winning 5-3. Also, the Padres have won their last 3 games from the D-backs and are now tied atop the NL West (or are in first if you go by their percentage).

This is by far, one of the most exciting years of playoff races that I can remember. Almost every day I have several games I would love to watch, but instead have to settle for box scores. This is definitely what September should be all about.

Tonight the Cardinals take on Houston for the rubber match in this 3 game set. Getting out of tonight with a win and therefore going 2-1 in this series would be huge.  I can’t state enough how important it is for the Cardinals to simply just to win each series as it comes.  Sweeping a team would be a bonus, but just winning each series should be more than enough to propel us to first in this division of .500 ball teams.

Of course I always love for the Cubs to lose regardless, but if you look at the standings, the ideal was probably for the Brewers to win 2 of 3 games.  If that happens and the Cardinals win tonight, then that means we would remain 1/2 behind the Brewers and be just 1 game back of the Cubs.  Either of those teams sweeping would not have been as good for us in the standings.

The Cardinals are currently all tied up 1-1 with the ‘Stros and as I watch them, I’ll continue to keep one eye on the other games to see who just might be our competition in the postseason.  That’s right….our competition.  I still feel this division is ours for the taking and will continue to feel that way until one of the other teams wants to prove me otherwise.

Go Cardinals!

Wanting a Brew Crew win,

Tiffany

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3 comments

  1. Jason

    What Ankiel has been doing since being called up in early August is incredible, easily one of the best sports stories of the year. Though a Yankees fan, I’m really rooting for the kid. He’s provided a good offensive boost for your Cards, and has helped them hang tough in the Central.
    http://heartlandpinstripes.mlblogs.com/

  2. Jason

    BTW, I was horrified to learn about what happened to Encarnacion. That’s really terrible, and I hope that it’s nothing career-threatening. I’ve long thought that on-deck circles were perilously close to the action. Terribly sorry. Those injuries are always gut-wrenching.
    http://heartlandpinstripes.mlblogs.com/

  3. Tiffany

    Jason,
    Ankiel really has given this team a boost with his performance so far. I hope the HGH talk doesn’t get to him too much and start to affect his play.

    Equally as exciting as watching Ankiel, it was as horrifying to watch what happened to Juan. You don’t with injury on any player, but it’s especially hard when it’s one of your own. Something that could not just end a season, but a career. I certainly wish him the very best.

    Tiffany

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