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Cardinals reduce magic number to 16

Any combination of second place losses and Cardinals wins will reduce the number further going forward

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<iframe src="" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="450" width = "450" style="border:1px solid black;"></iframe><br /><span style="font-size:9pt;">Source: <a href="">FanGraphs</a></span>

Unfortunately for me I missed most of today's game but looking at this graph Adam Wainwright returned to form and dominated the hapless Brewers lineup. I was faced with the decision of watching baseball or hanging out with and catching up with old friends while I was in town and I chose the friendly comraderie, which appears to have been just fine as the Cardinals trounced the Breweres 9 runs to 1.

Scooter Gennett did not have it in him today and neither did the rest of the Brewers lineup. The Cardinals however were powered by VEB favorites Peter Bourjos and Oscar Taveras who went 5 for 8 and provided 3 rbi. Matt Carpenter brought his own 2 ribbies and the ahwesome Jhonny Peralta also pitched in with another 2 RBI.

Adam Wainwright was the hero of the day though with a .278 WPA and a tremendous win. Good to see Adam back in form albeit not too spectacularly with 3 K over 9 IP.

Shelby Miller pitches tomorrow night and I assume ihb is not covering that for a change at 6:10pm.

Sorry for the brevity here and not seeing most of the game but I need to drive back to Chicago ASAP.

Til next time true believer!