By C. Trent Rosecrans
While most of the hype has surrounded the wild card race in the American League, the race to become the National League's fourth playoff team has gotten pretty interesting, too.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals overcame a potentially devastating error by Corey Patterson that tied the game in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Phillies 4-2 in Philadelphia in 11 innings, pulling St. Louis to within 3.5 games of the Braves.
Remaining schedule: 2 vs. NYM, 3 @ FLA, 3 @ WAS, 3 vs. PHI
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 89.9 percent
St. Louis Cardinals
82-68, 3.5 GB
Remaining schedule: 3 @ PHI, 3 vs. NYM, 3 vs. CHC, 3 @ HOU
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 8.1 percent
San Francisco Giants
81-70, 5 GB
Remaining schedule: 2 @ COL, 3 @ LAD, 3 @ARI, 3 vs. COL
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 1.7 percent