Could the current schedule fold the Cards?

Could the current schedule fold the Cards?

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CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 9: Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates his tenth inning grand slam home run against the Cincinnati Reds with teammates in the dugout at Great American Ball Park on June 9, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. St. Louis defeated Cincinnati 11-4 in 10 innings. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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by BaseballStL Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 30 at 3:38 PM

(BaseballStL) -- The Cardinals exploded out the gates from the All-Star break by winning 5 of their first 6 games. After sweeping Philadelphia last Thursday, the Cards faced an 11 game road trip against three N.L contenders in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati.

That road trip has now taken a very different look for the Cards since getting swept by the Braves on Sunday.  Will the Cardinals season be decided during this stretch of games to begin the month of August?

The good news for the Cards is that they still have the best record in the National League.  Unfortunately, the team that has the 2nd best record is right behind them in the Central Division. Despite the Redbirds outstanding season so far, the Pirates have continued to stay within striking distance.  Both the Cards and Bucs now begin a crucial 5-game, 4-day series on Monday which will be the first of 14 more contests that they’ll play before the end of the season. The Cards will play 8 of those games in the Steel City. 

Meanwhile, the Pirates have won 3 of their 5 games against the Cardinals season. Both teams have not met since April 28.

The Cards and Reds have nine games remaining in their season series, including a three-game series this weekend in Cincinnati. Here’s what the Cardinals face upon their return home from Cinncy.

August 5-8   vs  Dodgers

August 9-11 vs   Cubs

August 13-15  vs Pirates

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