Playoff Race Update: Cardinals Clinch the NL Central

CardinalsIn order for the Pirates to clinch the NL Central, they needed to sweep the Reds, have the Cubs sweep the Cardinals, and then win a one game tiebreaker on Monday against St. Louis. Basically, we knew that the Cardinals were going to win. And tonight they clinched it early with a 7-0 win over the Cubs.

NL Central

Cardinals 7, Cubs 0

Pirates 4, Reds 1

The Cardinals clinched the division.

Wild Card

Pirates 4, Reds 1

The Pirates need to win one of the next two games to clinch home field in the Wild Card game on Tuesday.

Playoff Seeding

Braves 1, Phillies 0

Cardinals 7, Cubs 0

Dodgers 11, Rockies 0 in 7th inning

The Cardinals and Braves are currently tied for the best overall record. The Dodgers will win tonight, but they have no shot at the top two seeds. The Braves own the head to head tiebreaker, so if the two teams finish tied, Atlanta would have home field advantage in the playoffs, and the number one seed. That is who the Pirates would play if they won the Wild Card game, unless the Cardinals finish with more wins. Here are the current standings.

1. Atlanta

2. St. Louis

3. Los Angeles

4. Pittsburgh

5. Cincinnati

Tim Williams

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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