Jim Bowden identifies a player on each contender who could make an impact in the final weeks, including a few big-name starting pitchers.
ScheduleAll times ET
Jon Jay @jonjayu
Decisions Decisions #stance
The Cardinals don't need an ace
But it appears they'll get one, as Adam Wainwright is bulldozing through his recovery timetable. Whether this means a relief role or actual starts is unclear. Regardless, Wainwright is the man to watch should he return before season's end. Playoff X-factors (Insider)
Cardinals good enough for the ages?
The St. Louis Cardinals are the only team in baseball with a team ERA under 3.00. In fact, their 2.66 ERA is good enough to compete with some of baseball's best pitching staffs.
Jon Jay @jonjayu
TBT 2009 Triple-A Pacific Coast League Champs Since I'm in Memphis it brought back some great memories of grinding in the minor leagues #bealestreet
Eno Sarris takes a closer look at the adjustments made by Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia, who has recovered from three major surgeries to post a 2.03 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 14 starts this season.
Ryan Zimmerman homered twice, then doubled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning as the Washington Nationals ended their nine-game losing streak at St. Louis, beating the Cardinals 4-3 We
Nats automatic entering 9th with a lead
The Nationals improved to 61-0 this season when entering the 9th inning with a lead after tonight's 4-3 win over the Cardinals.
Zimmerman keys Nats' 4-3 win
The Nationals avoided a sweep vs. the Cardinals behind Ryan Zimmerman's 3-for-4, 3-RBI night. The 1B collected a career-high three go-ahead hits, with two coming on home runs. Box score
Washington takes 4-3 lead in St. Louis
Ryan Zimmerman recorded his third go-ahead hit of the night on an RBI double. This is his first career game with 3 go-ahead hits. Watch on ESPN, WatchESPN
Nats, Cards tied ... again
For the third time tonight, the Nationals and Cardinals are even after Kolten Wong's RBI single, which knocked reliever Matt Grace out of the game after one batter. Washington is on its fifth pitcher. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN
Cards making contact vs. Scherzer
The Cardinals have put 14 balls in play against Max Scherzer tonight, and nine have resulted in hits. St. Louis' last hit by Thomas Pham tied the score at 2 in the fifth inning. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN
Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals was taken out of Wednesday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals before the bottom of the fourth inning with tight glutes.
Moss' monster HR puts Cards on top
Brandon Moss blasted his 19th homer this season in the second inning off Nationals starter Max Scherzer, who gave up his 11th HR in the second half, in his 9th start. He gave up 10 in the first half, in 18 starts. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN
Nationals at Cardinals, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)
The Nats’ playoff odds are down to 14 percent entering tonight's tilt vs. the Cards, according to Fangraphs. Can Max Scherzer, whose numbers have gone downhill since July, help trim their 6 1/2-game hole behind the first-place Mets in the NL East? Live on ESPN, WatchESPN
Just how good is the Cards' pitching?
St. Louis' staff is on pace for the lowest team ERA baseball has seen in over 30 years.
Tyler Lyons was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to start in place of Michael Wacha for the St. Louis Cardinals against the Washington Nationals.
Mike Matheny for Manager of the Year?
Three of ESPN's baseball experts feel that the Cardinals' skipper deserves the recognition in the NL. See how the rest of the experts voted. Award predictions
As bruised as the Nationals have been this season, the Cardinals -- whose 86-46 record is the best in the bigs -- have been just as banged-up.
Cards flying high down the stretch
St. Louis has the best record in baseball, and the stats back it up.
Brandon Moss the hero for St. Louis
After the Cardinals fought back to tie the game at 5-5 in the eighth, Moss hit a walk-off, three-run homer to lead his team to a win over the Nationals. Tuesday's Top 5
Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian discuss the Dodgers' big win over the Giants, Johnny Cueto's struggles & sing Bon Jovi songs. Plus, Derrick Goold on the Cardinals' stretch run.
ESPN's baseball analysts weigh in with their predictions for who will win the major season-ending awards.
Cardinals vs Pirates
Busch Stadium - Fri 9/4