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Playoff race: Cards miss chance to narrow deficit

Posted on: September 23, 2011 1:13 am
Edited on: September 23, 2011 6:07 am
 

Salas
By Evan Brunell

Like the Red Sox, the Braves had an off-day on Thursday. They got to see the Giants slip to four games behind in the wild card race, which should be enough to close the books on their season. The Cardinals, meanwhile, missed a golden opportunity to see the Braves break out in hives. If the Cards had won, that meant that Friday could have seen a tie in the wild card standings based on Atlanta losing and St. Louis winning again.

Alas, the Cardinals imploded with a 8-6 loss after New York rallied for a run in the eighth and six in the ninth. If the Cards do end up missing the playoffs, it will be easy to point to this game as the backbreaker. St. Louis is now ensconced at two games behind as it begins a creampuff schedule for the rest of the year. St. Louis opposes the Cubs and Astros while the Braves have to claw their way through the streaking Nationals and vaunted Phillies.

If the Braves lose the wild card, they're going to be talked about as a team that collapsed. And rightfully so, given the Braves had a 10 1/2 game lead in late August, but don't overlook the schedule here. The Cardinals have an easy ride the rest of the way, and with every single game mattering these days, the schedule could have a major impact.

Atlanta Braves
88-68
Remaining schedule: 3 @ WAS, 3 v. PHI
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 74 percent

St. Louis Cardinals
86-69, 2 GB
Remaining schedule: 3 v. CHC, 3 @ HOU
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 23.8 percent

San Francisco Giants
84-72, 4 GB
Remaining schedule: 3 @ ARI, 3 v. COL
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 2.0 percent

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St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Fernando Salas sits in the dugout after being taken out of at baseball game during the ninth inning against the New York Mets Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, in St. Louis. The Mets won 8-6. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Playoff race: Cards miss chance to narrow deficit

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Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2011 5:08 am
 

Playoff race: Cards miss chance to narrow deficit

Finally the mets play spoiler and it's going to get atlanta back in the playoffs. They can't even spoil right



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 1:32 am
 

Playoff race: Cards miss chance to narrow deficit

Freddy needs to rally the troops.  C'mon Braves.


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