Thursday night, after the ugliest inning since Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, the Cardinals found themselves two games behind the Braves for the wild card slot, with six games to play. I would normally provide a recap, but it’s just too painful, which is also why I didn’t post afterwards. All I could do was swear at the screen, and you don’t want to read that.
They dug an even deeper hole for themselves last night, when the bullpen once again blew up. A 1-1 tie became a 5-1 loss, and with the Braves beating the Nationals, the Cardinals were three games back.
Today, they rallied, sorta, courtesy of the Cubs’ own reliever, and parlayed a walk and a wild pitch into a win. Atlanta lost, so the margin is back to 2.
If the Braves go 2-2 from here on out (we’re all counting on the Phillies to knock them out this coming week), the Cardinals need to sweep to get a tie and a playoff game.
No more margin for error (if you follow the Cardinals, you see the bitter pun).
And Sunday may be Albert Pujols’ last home game as a Cardinal, as he goes into free agency after the season.