We're down to five teams fighting for four playoff berths in the National League. Here's what you need to know heading into the final week.
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With seven days left to play, only one National League team has clinched a playoff spot. From the races to be decided to the awards chases, here's your guide to the homestretch.
Miles Mikolas' outing against the San Francisco Giants was typical, and typical for him is pretty good.
Tyler O'Neill hit a solo home run with two outs in the 10th inning and the St. Louis Cardinals held their playoff position, rallying past the San Francisco Giants 5-4 on Saturday.
Pinch-hitter Matt Adams had a clutch two-run double in the eighth inning, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3 on Friday night.
Who saw Cardinals outfielder Harrison Bader or Oakland's Matt Chapman improving by leaps and bounds? Not Keith Law, who can admit his mistakes.
Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs, Touki Toussaint pitched into the sixth inning and the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves snapped a four-game skid with a 7-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.
Paul DeJong hit a two-run homer, Yadier Molina added a two-run single in a four-run eighth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals won their third straight game with an 8-1 victory over the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
Anibal Sanchez -- has there been a bigger surprise this season? -- had another solid outing for the Braves, leaving with a 2-1 deficit, but the Cardinals tacked on four runs in the eighth off the Atlanta bullpen. Yadier Molina capped the rally with a two-run single after an eight-pitch battle against Sam Freeman. Given some of the issues in their own bullpen, a much-needed cushion for the Cardinals.
Would anyone be bold enough to follow the Rays' lead and start a reliever in the postseason? We've got six teams who should consider it.
Kolten Wong hit the first of four St. Louis homers, Miles Mikolas won his third straight start and the Cardinals beat the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves 11-6 on Monday night to give their playoff push another boost.
Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong is disappointed that his younger brother, Kean, didn't get called up by the Rays this season, calling Tampa Bay a "bad organization which doesn't give chances to guys who deserve chances."
Before hearing from the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger (28:26), Buster & Tim Kurkjian discuss Adam Wainwright's impact, the awards races, Dave Roberts' future and more (:31). Plus, Todd Radom's logo trivia (31:05).
With key races heating up, we preview the biggest matchups and size up what's on the line this week.
John Brickley recaps all of Sunday's MLB action including another Mets loss behind Jacob deGrom, a big rally for the Blue Jays, a dominant performance by the Cards & more.
The American League might be riding high, but the National League teams that must win or go home will command center stage.
While the Rockies, Dodgers and Cardinals battle for two playoff spots, we have a new team at the top of the heap.
Adam Wainwright pitched two-hit ball over six innings for his first win in five months, Marcell Ozuna homered and the St. Louis Cardinals salvaged the finale of a four-game series with a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night.
L.A. looked great much of the time and St. Louis still has work to do, but both teams can smell the playoffs -- and are a slump from missing out.
Yasiel Puig hit three homers for the first time, driving in a career-high seven runs, as the Dodgers routed the Cardinals 17-4 to take control of the second wild-card spot.
Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer
The Cardinals' momentum was short lived. L.A. plates five runs in the top of the fifth to go up 8-4. The rally was capped by a laser-beam home run from Yasiel Puig, his second of the game and fourth in two days. According to Statcast, the exit velocity on Puig's second homer was 114 mph, with a launch angle of just 17 degrees. That's a laser.
Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer
Man, Rich Hill's day did a quick 180. Of the first 11 batters HIll faced, only Patrick Wisdom reached, and that was on an infield dribbler. Suddenly, Hill walked the bases full and Wisdom brought some life back into Busch Stadium with a grand slam to left. St. Louis leads 4-3.