The St. Louis Cardinals are playing meaningful baseball

Can the St. Louis Cardinals finish off the race to the top of the NL Central?

Do not turn the channel to football games just yet because the St. Louis Cardinals are playing meaningful baseball in September. Read below for all the latest on the Cardinals.

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As we flip from August to September, that means many things. The temperature starts to drop, leaves begin to change and pigskins are thrown around once again. While it is easy to change the channel to watch your favorite football team, keep it on Bally Sports Midwest.

St. Louis has and always will be a baseball town. Based on how the NFL has gone in St. Louis, it would not be surprising to see low viewer ratings.

The St. Louis Cardinals currently lead the Milwaukee Brewers by 7.5 games as of today. At the end of July and the trade deadline, the Cardinals trailed the Brewers by 3.5 games. Since the turn of the calendar to August, the Cardinals have gone 25-8.

There are so many other storylines around the St. Louis team besides the comeback to first place. All year long, the storyline has been the “Final Season” for Albert Pujols, Yadier Molina and possibly Adam Wainwright. As we head towards the end of the regular season, it is becoming more real that this is truly the final ride for these three legends.

Will Pujols get to 700?

The countdown currently sits at five as Albert Pujols nears 700 career home runs. He sits one home run behind Alex Rodriguez and would move into a tie for fourth all-time. What didn’t seem realistic at the All-Star break, seems absolutely possible with 27 games left in the regular season.

Whether Pujols gets to 700 home runs or not, the ride we have been on with him and his career is thrilling enough. For him to come home in his final season means everything to the fans. Now, he has a chance to make history and has rejuvenated this roster and fanbase in September.

The best part of it all, the home runs that Pujols is hitting, have meaning. Twice, Pujols has hit a game-winning home run in the eighth inning. Both against central division rivals and in meaningful games, Pujols has left a lasting mark in the game.

Will Goldschmidt win the Triple Crown?

You have to go all the way back to 1937 to find a National League player winning the Triple Crown in baseball, Joe Medwick. The Triple Crown consists of leading their respective league in batting average, RBIs and home runs. Paul Goldschmidt leads the National League in batting average and RBIs but trails Kyle Schwarber in home runs by two.

The last time the MLB saw a Triple-Crown winner was Miguel Cabrera in 2012. There have only been 12 Triple-Crown winners in the history of the MLB.

Goldschmidt has cooled off as of late but is still the best hitter in the MLB and likely on his way to winning the NL MVP in 2022.

Looking ahead

The Cardinals lost the first game to the Washington Nationals in the four-game series. Game two is today at 6:45 p.m. CT. Jose Quintana will start on the mound for the Cardinals.

Milwaukee beat the Colorado Rockies yesterday, which moved the lead to 7.5 games.

The offense needs to come alive and the Cardinals need a quality start from Quintana in game two of four against the Nationals.

After the series with the Nationals wraps up, St. Louis heads out on the road for a quick three-game trip to Pittsburgh. After his first start today, Jack Flaherty is scheduled to start again on Saturday, against the Pirates.


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