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St. Louis Cardinals: Setting up the postseason race one week out

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 20: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates with Dylan Carlson #3 after hitting a two run home run in the seventh inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on September 20, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Cardinals are right in the middle of a tight NL Playoff race.

Whether or not they deserved it, the St. Louis Cardinals took four out of five games in a long series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Starting with the sweep in the doubleheader Friday, the Cardinals were one bounce, one throw, or one play made away from losing three out of five rather than winning four against the Pirates.