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Sweep Atlanta and Cards have a SLIM shot

Sweep Atlanta and Cards have a SLIM shot

Credit: AP

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter, right, is congratulated by teammates after throwing a complete game in the Cardinals' 2-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

by Jeff Abeln

KMOV.com

Posted on September 8, 2011 at 1:33 PM

(KMOV)-- So here we go again, the Cardinals have been able to tread water down the stretch and just when it seemed the season was over for sure,  the Birds reel off seven of ten wins and now we’re saying, ‘geese, maybe they have an outside shot if they can sweep this weekend?’  Yes, if they sweep Atlanta, they do, but will they, absolutely not.

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Entering Thursday, the Cardinals sit 6 ½ games back of the wild-card leading Braves.  Thursday, Atlanta plays a double-header against New York and with the way the Braves are playing recently, if the Mets take both games, St. Louis will be 5 ½ out of the wild card when they begin a three game set with Atlanta Friday. 

But lets be honest, do you really expect the Cardinals to all of the sudden go on a hot streak and take three games against a Braves team who’s been playing solid baseball all season, I certainly don’t.  I understand the Braves aren’t playing well right now, but the Cards have been bipolar all season and you never know which team will show up.  Not once have they gone on a tear this year and I think it’s highly unlikely they sweep this weekend. 

St. Louis will have their best shot to win a game during Friday’s opener when Edwin Jackson takes the hill.  The right-hander has pitched much better recently.  He hasn’t lost since August 20th and has gone seven innings in three of his last four starts.  He’ll be opposed by 21-year-old rookie Randall Delgado. The 21-year-old has never faced the Cards.  Jaime Garcia is set to start Saturday and Jake Westbrook Sunday. 

The Cardinals know what they need to do, and that’s to take all three this weekend.  Like I said, that will not happen.   However, I never thought they’d sweep Milwaukee a couple of weeks of ago and they did, so who knows, with the way this season has gone for the Cardinals, you never know.

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