Things were looking up a bit for the Cardinals going into the weekend series against the Reds — or as up as they can look when you’re 7 1/2 games back with about 3 1/2 weeks left in the regular season.
Then the weekend happened.
Cards lose two of three to the Reds. Brewers sweep the Astros.
Here’s where things stand as those cowboys from Milwaukee are back for the final games between the two teams this season.
So, there you go. The Cardinals are 9 1/2 back. The Brewers magic number/Cards elimination number is 13. The Cardinals have 22 games left, including these three with the Brewers. They are 8 1/2 behind the Braves in the wild card race, with three games still left against them as well.
Impossible? Not necessarily, looking at the numbers.
Improbable? Well … basically, yes.
Christine Coleman is the senior St. Louis Cardinals reporter for Aaron Miles’ Fastball. Follow her on Twitter, @CColeman802, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also follow @AMilesFastball for the latest updates.