As the regular season heads into final week, Cubs face showdown series with Pirates, their likely Wild Card opponent, as Cards look on and hope the Pirates lose so they can clinch NL Central crown. Dan and John discuss whether it truly is an advantage to play the Wild Card game at home, looking at past games and small sample sizes.
With only two weeks remaining in the season, Cubs and Cards positioned well after Cubs thump Pirates in showdown series and Cards sweep away the Brewers. Remaining schedule difficult for Pirates and loss of Jung-ho Kang might be pivotal.
As season steams toward conclusion, STL goes into first slump of season and sees its division lead teetering. Meanwhile, the Cubs stay hot. Dan and John discuss whether the Cards will hold on and look at the Cubs upcoming showdown series with the Pirates.
As the action moves to head-to-head matchups down the stretch, Dan and John evaulate the Cubs, Cardinals and Pirates and where each team may be headed in the last month. There is not tremendous drama at the moment in the standings, but as the pressure builds down the stretch, that can change in a matter of days.