Is it heresy to suggest that the Astros have at least an even money chance to gain 6 games on the Cardinals over the final month?
Our home/road scheduling advantage has largely evaporated, and their starting pitching is right now the best in baseball.
They have Clemens/Pettitte/Oswalt for 16 of the final 28 games. They could easily win 12 of these. They have Hirsh and Wandy for the other 12. If they win 8 of these, a 15-15 finish for the Cards means a one-game playoff.
Granted, the bats would have to start doing something to win 4 of Wandy's starts, but Hirsh could very well be dominant down the stretch (or he could be terrible, he's their Reyes)...
Also, they have 3 off days in September, while we have 1...
How do they finish in the NL Central?
Astros win (0 votes)
Cards win by 1-2 games (11 votes)
Cards win by 3 or more (76 votes)
87 total votes