Tonight in MLB: Cardinals can clinch playoff spot

Tonight in MLB: Cardinals can clinch playoff spot
September 22, 2013, 9:30 am
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The Cardinals will go for a three-game sweep of the Brewers on Saturday night. (USA Today Images)

Tyler Cloyd's struggles continued Saturday night when he was tagged for five runs over five innings in a rain-shortened 5-4 loss to the Mets (see story).

After being shut down, Kyle Kendrick said his shoulder is already feeling better and he hopes to stay with the Phils beyond this season (see story).

Now, here are a few MLB games to keep an eye on today:

Cardinals at Brewers, 8:05 p.m.
Given their recent mastery of the Milwaukee Brewers, the St. Louis Cardinals would appear to have a good chance to clinch a playoff spot Sunday night.

They may, however, already be in by the time the game starts.

Set to conclude their road schedule, the NL Central-leading Cardinals go for a three-game sweep against the Brewers.

Matt Adams hit his second two-run homer in as many nights and Matt Carpenter broke Stan Musial's single-season team record for doubles by a left-handed batter as St. Louis (91-64) trimmed its magic number to clinch a playoff berth to one with Saturday's 7-2 victory (see full preview).

Marlins at Nationals 1:35 p.m. & 7:05 p.m.
After forearm tightness twice kept Stephen Strasburg from making a career-high 29th start, heavy rain forced him to wait another day.

Strasburg will try to boost the Washington Nationals' faint playoff hopes as he takes the mound in the nightcap of a split doubleheader Sunday against the visiting Miami Marlins.

While Washington and Miami waited nearly four hours until Saturday's postponement, Cincinnati lost at Pittsburgh, trimming the Nationals' deficit for the NL's second wild-card spot to 4 1/2 games (see full preview).

Braves at Cubs, 2:20 p.m.
Timely hitting keyed a series-opening win over the Chicago Cubs, but the Atlanta Braves couldn't come through in the clutch and failed to clinch the NL East title on their own Saturday.

With eight games remaining until the playoffs, the Braves are hoping to fix some of their offensive woes Sunday at Wrigley Field.

After going 5 for 13 with runners in scoring position in a 9-5 win Friday, Atlanta (91-63) was 1 for 6 in those situations Saturday in a 3-1 loss to the Cubs (65-90) that kept them from an on-field celebration of their first division title since 2005 (see full preview).