After an eventful August which saw a couple playoff hopefuls catch fire and others fall apart, Dan Szymborski lays out the updated playoff odds -- with analysis - for each contending team.
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With the calendar turning to September, ESPN's baseball analysts look into their crystal balls and predict the teams that will ultimately reach the postseason.
Jason Heyward hit a two-run, tie-breaking double in the seventh inning to key a five-run rally, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 8-5 on Monday night.
Zimmerman getting it done for Nationals
1B Ryan Zimmerman is 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs -- including his 13th HR of the season -- tonight as the Nats lead the Cardinals 5-3 in the seventh. The rest of the Nationals are 2-for-22 with 0 RBIs. Follow live
Cardinals plate 3 in 4th to go ahead
RBI singles from Yadier Molina, Kolten Wong and Mark Reynolds put the Cards up 3-1 over the Nationals in the fourth. The Cards are looking to win their eighth game in nine tries. Follow live
St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez has been scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday with a sore back.
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The Royals showed the power of the pen last season. They're back again, but the Cardinals, Pirates and Blue Jays also have relievers to contend with.
Whose bullpen has the best ERA?
With so many teams racing toward the postseason, relief pitching is more critical than ever. It might not be surprising that the best team in baseball has the most dominant bullpen, but what about Nos. 2-10?
Matt Carpenter, Brandon Moss and Mark Reynolds all hit home runs, Yadier Molina drove in two and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-5 on Sunday.
Cardinals win rubber match vs. Giants
Yadier Molina went 2-for-5 with two RBIs in the Cards' 7-5 win as they hold a 4.5-game lead in the NL Central. With the Giants' loss, they fall to four games back of the first-place Dodgers in the NL West. Box score
Jason Heyward goes 3-5 and ends up a home run away from the cycle as Cardinals top Giants, 7-5.
Cardinals jump out to early lead
Matt Carpenter led off the game with a home run to center, and a Jason Heyward RBI triple and a Yadier Molina RBI single have the Cards up 3-0 over the Giants after a half inning in the rubber match. Follow live
Lance Lynn pitched neatly into the eighth inning before leaving with ankle injury that's not considered serious, beating San Francisco for the first time in his career as the St. Louis Cardinals
Cardinals winning, but they lose Lynn
The good news: St. Louis leads the Giants 4-0 in the 9th inning. The bad news: Lance Lynn, one of the Cards' top starters, left his start with an apparent ankle injury suffered while attempting to field a grounder. Follow live
Cardinals rough up Vogelsong in 5th
St. Louis broke through in the frame for four runs off Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong to take a 4-0 lead. Matt Carpenter and Yadier Molina collected RBI singles for the Cards, who are looking to improve their MLB-best 82-46 record. Follow live
Rookie Kelby Tomlinson lined a bases-loaded single up the middle with one out in the ninth against previously unbeaten Kevin Siegrist, and the San Francisco Giants topped the Cardinals 5-4 on Fri
Final: Giants 5, Cardinals 4
Kelby Tomlinson hit an RBI liner up the middle for his first career walk-off hit to put an end St. Louis' 5-game win streak. The Cardinals' lead in the NL Central is down to 3.5 games. Box score
Byrd hits 8th career grand slam
Marlon Byrd brought everyone home with a shot to center in the 3rd inning, giving the Giants their MLB-leading 8th grand slam of the year. The Cardinals fought back an inning later and cut the score to 4-3. Follow live
Giants right-hander Matt Cain was put on the 15-day disabled list Friday with irritation in his pitching elbow and received a cortisone injection to help it calm down.
Cardinals vs Nationals
Busch Stadium - Tue 9/1